Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Community Impact

Impact Lead
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.

Liftoff: To Inclusion and Beyond

It’s the quiet time of year on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, but the presence of Special Olympics makes it lively. Special Olympics youth leaders, educators and Program staff lived on campus during the 2024 SONA National Leadership Event: To Inclusion and Beyond.
5 Min Read

Opening Eyes® Provides a Clear Vision for SOWI Athletes

Imagine training for months or years to qualify for the swimming competition of a lifetime. All those hours, all those practices. You get up on the block awaiting the starting gun as you gaze out toward the pool and see nothing but a blur.
3 Min Read

Digital Accessibility: How Brightspot and Special Olympics Are Changing the Game

On this week’s episode of the Inclusion Revolution Radio Podcast, podcast hosts Novie Craven and Josh Basile discussed Brightspot’s Special Olympics partnership with Parker Ramsdell, Brightspot Senior Vice President of People, Mission & Culture.
1 Min Read

Rising Star Coaches Recognized by Special Olympics North America

While winning is the reason we all play sports, spreading and promoting inclusion is at the forefront of the organization.
4 Min Read

Tune In: July 9 - A Special Olympics Interview with Michael Phelps and the Michael Phelps Foundation

On Tuesday, July 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Special Olympics will premiere an exclusive interview with Special Olympics Global Ambassador and U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps and his wife Nicole, hosted by Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver.
1 Min Read

Special Olympics Badminton on the Rise—Celebrating World Badminton Day

Special Olympics’ sport federation partner, Badminton World Federation (BWF), created and now celebrates World Badminton Day.
4 Min Read

Inclusion Revolution Radio Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Global Leadership Coalition for Inclusion

Novie Craven, spoke with Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Program Officer, Panos Vazaios, and Special Olympics Chief Global Government Relations Officer, Shawn Ferguson.
1 Min Read

A Father's Encouragement and a Son's Determination

Mohammed bin Abul Aziz was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder four years ago, and today his condition is ever-evolving due to his father’s continual efforts to encourage him to go through regular health assessments and be a part of Special Olympics Oman.
2 Min Read

FIVB Volleyball Foundation Launch Welcomes Special Olympics

Special Olympics was present at the launch of the FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) Volleyball Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 30 May.
2 Min Read

Ali Embraces New Life with the Support of Special Olympics

Afghan refugee living in Spain shares how the ‘Unified with Refugees’ sports platform helped him integrate into his new community
3 Min Read

Sasha’s Journey of Hope Through Special Olympics

‘Unified with Refugees’ platform provides Ukrainian refugee with integration opportunities in Slovakia via sports
2 Min Read

A Father’s Struggle to Learn Acceptance—An extraordinary Journey

In Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China, there’s a heartwarming story about a young boy with Down syndrome who, with his father’s support, became a champion.
2 Min Read