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In every corner of the earth, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. These news stories come from all around the world.

Special Olympics Takes Centre Stage at SportAccord

Special Olympics was out in force this week at one of the global sports industry’s biggest gatherings of the year – SportAccord.
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Special Olympics Athletes Break Barriers in the Western Balkans

Special Olympics athletes from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and hosts North Macedonia showcased heart, determination and remarkable skill at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-supported Western Balkans Swimming Competition held in Skopje from 5-7 April.
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NBA Player, Tony Snell, Joins Inclusion Revolution Radio to Talk About His Basketball Journey and Recent Autism Diagnosis

In honor of Autism Awareness month, on this week’s episode of Inclusion Revolution Radio, podcast host Novie Craven spoke with NBA Player, Tony Snell, about his basketball journey, his foundation, and his recent autism diagnosis.
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Mourning Longtime Supporter Larry Lucchino

Special Olympics is mourning the passing of Larry Lucchino, a longtime supporter and former member of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. He was an attorney and high-level sports executive, who served as president of the Baltimore Orioles, the San Diego Padres, and the Boston Red Sox.
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Award-Winning Documentary Follows 9-Year Old Ukrainian Refugee’s First Steps

The award-winning documentary "When We Get Home" by Kathleen Shriver and Walking Films is a poignant exploration of the profound impact of war on marginalized communities, with a particular focus on individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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New Sport Partnership Driving Special Olympics Golfers to the Game

The following is an article published by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) on the growth and development of Special Olympics golfers and the sport of golf through Special Olympics’ partnership with Topgolf:
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The Olympics Celebrate Special Olympics Mother During World Down Syndrome Day

On World Down Syndrome Day 2024, Special Olympics athletes, families, coaches and staff were being celebrated just as much as they were celebrating.
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BWF: Friendship Around the Shuttlecock

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) held a badminton clinic in West Africa in which Special Olympics Senegal and Gambia athletes and coaches were invited and able to take part in. This is an excerpt from the BWF’s article:
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Perth Amboy High School Honored for Special Olympics Participation

Perth Amboy High School in Middlesex County, New Jersey is being honored for their work with Special Olympics as a 2024 Special Olympics Unified Champion School.
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Kayleigh Williamson Recognized by FanSided for International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, FanSided recognizes Kayleigh Williamson and 19 other women who have made strides for women and people everywhere in the realm of diversity, equity and inclusion. The following is an excerpt from the FanSided article on Kayleigh:
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Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Joins Forces with The Scort Foundation To Boost Disability Inclusion Through Sport

Educational opportunities through football development to be provided to people with intellectual disabilities across the region
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NBA star Tony Snell speak out for 1st time on autism diagnosis: ‘I am the way I am’

Special Olympics supporter, Tony Snell, spoke with TODAY Show’s Craig Melvin to share his experience of finding out he has autism after his child was diagnosed with autism.
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