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Every day, our athletes inspire people everywhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. Learn more about the power Special Olympics has to make real change all around the world.
Smiling pediatrician is looking over and checking out an athlete during a screening.
The Organization of American States (OAS) and Special Olympics signed an agreement to promote sports, physical activity, health, inclusive education, sustainable and human development, and human rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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George Piece (on the left) and Bob Beamon (on the right) speak at the Southside Occupational Academy High School in Chicago. Two athletes are in the background watching George and Bob present the shoes to an audience.
Longtime athlete and Special Olympics employee organizes initiative to address a global need.
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An illustration of a person running, text that reads: Special Olympics Health | Made possible by Golisano Foundation. Text that reads: Some Special Olympics athletes have a passion for health and fitness.
Health Messengers are Special Olympics athletes who have been trained to serve as a health and wellness leaders, educators, advocates and role models within their communities.
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photo of Daniel Smrokowski sitting and smiling.
In recognition of the International Day of Tolerance, we’re sharing this article written by Daniel Smrokowski, Special Olympics Illinois Athlete, for the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Events.
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Global Ambassadors and youth leaders gather for a group photo in the Dominican Republic sitting on the stairs inside a building with plants on either side of the group.
The Special Olympics ' Global Athletes Congress is serving as a platform where Special Olympics athletes lead the way to a more inclusive world.
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Special Olympics leaders and representatives in a group photo in Africa. A Unified Sports banners is in the background, a country flag is in the foreground.
The Local Organizing Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has announced the 11 Sub-Saharan African nations participating in the World Games held on 14-19 March 2019.
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Special Olympics employees and friends (a group of 9) in front of a Best Buddies back drop.
On Saturday, 20 October 2018, a group of Special Olympics staff and friends, joined forces and participated in the 9th Annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk.
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Golisano Institute, Fisher College, an athlete, and Special Olympics representatives pose for a group photo.
Tom Golisano, founder of the Golisano Foundation, is a long-time supporter of Special Olympics and its mission to creating inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Special Olympics swimming athlete standing with her hands up celebrating wearing a black swim suite, goggles, cap, and her medal; she is standing in front of Special Olympics signage.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Special Olympics Healthy Communities promoting awareness.
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Participants from the Africa Region and Special Olympics International representatives pose for a group photo. Special Olympics 50th anniversary banners stand on either side of the groups back row.
Youth from SO Africa Programs came together to exchange informative and creative strategies on how to increase youth engagement and involvement in Special Olympics at the very first Youth Activation Conference.
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Think College blue and green logo that reads: Think College: Changing expectations. Increasing opportunities.
For many years, students with intellectual disability did not get the chance to go to college. They left high school, often remaining unemployed and socially isolated.
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James Pierce before and after emergency dental care.
James Pierce, a 42 year old Special Olympics athlete from Kentucky with Down syndrome, was recently referred to the Henry Hood medical center for care.
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