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A group of athletes and representative celebrate as fireworks go off in the background.
Julio shows that all over the world, people with intellectual disabilities are chipping away at societal barriers and showing what they bring to the table.
Ken Meilvin smiling and holding a torch.
For us, 2019 has been about bringing people with and without intellectual disabilities together. As we look to 2020, help us continue our work towards building an inclusive world.
A group of 13 athletes and representatives standing an kneeling in two rows outside.
Around the world, Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities are leading community-based projects for inclusion. Paola and Maria, two Special Olympics youth leaders from El Salvador, share their experiences working together to create change.
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Young boy jumping on rail road tracks in front of a wall that is tagged with graffiti.
With over 6-million Special Olympics athletes around the globe, it is easy to find examples of true excellence, dedication, perseverance and motivation.
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Female athlete on the track running. Another two female athletes are in the background along with spectators in the seats.
Ecuadorian athlete Jacqueline Gilces starred in one of the most emotional moments of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Aquiles at poolside after his silver-medal winning swim in the 25m breaststroke
After a technical disqualification over the weekend, Aquiles Heredia rallied with a stellar effort in the breaststroke today—earning his first big win of the games, a silver medal!
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Aquilis Heredia giving a thumbs up. Spectators are in the background.
Aquiles Heredia is so determined to swim his best, he's improved his technique beyond what even his most supportive doctors had predicted.
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Two athletes and a coach stand in front of the stadium in Abu Dhabi.
It’s been a day of ‘firsts’ on the first full day of Athletics training in official World Games venues!
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Emanuelle de Souza speaking to an interviewers. She is in a black Special Olympics polo that reads, The Revolution is Inclusion on the sleeve.
Emanuelle de Souza, SO Brazil, started her four-year term as a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger in January 2019.
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Ximena de Varela offers her gold medal to Pope Francis during his visit to Panama for World Youth Day.
More than a half-million young people from around the world greeted Pope Francis during his recent World Youth Day visit to Panama.
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Nyasha Derere from Zimbabwe speaks on stage as a panelist during the Global Athlete Congress in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He has on a blue collard shirt with a black jacket that is adorned with Special Olympics and iInclusion pins. A representative is sitting to his left.
Voted in as the NEW Chair of the Global Athletes Congress, Nyasha Derere will serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics.
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Ken Melvin speaking in an interview.
Ken Melvin, a Special Olympics athlete from Russellville, Indiana, will participate in this year’s Global Athlete Congress as a member of the North America Athlete Input Council.
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