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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.
The National Recreation and Park Association outlines strategies to address the inclusion and access to sports for all youth, and calls attention to strategies employed by Special Olympics in this article.
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An article from Youth Today discusses why individuals with intellectual disabilities are more likely to be overweight, and how Special Olympics data and resources are changing that.
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Special Olympics longstanding employee, Renee Dease, recounts her time working with Eunice Kennedy Shriver and how she witnessed the beginnings of inclusive health opportunities for millions.
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This is an excerpt from the article titled Watch Special Olympics Athlete Get Surprised by Montell Jordan with News She'll Compete at USA Games published by People.com.
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Since the Covid pandemic. many programmes in Europe have launched a new version of their virtual games!
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The following is an excerpt of the article titled Meet Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Grandkids, Who Are on a Mission to Carry Her Special Olympics Torch published by People.
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Chris Nikic, the first person with Down syndrome to complete a full IRONMAN triathlon, will receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2021 ESPYS.
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Chris Nikic has been nominated for an ESPY for Best Athlete With A Disability, Men's Sports.
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U.S. President Joe Biden signed a law making Juneteenth a national holiday on 17 June, 2021. Celebrated on June 19th of each year, it commemorates the time when slaves in Texas learned they had gained freedom two years earlier by the Emancipation Proclamation issued during the Civil War. Historically, the day has been recognized by African Americans as the moment that slavery was fully abolished.
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Oana Rotar, a 29-year-old athlete with Special Olympics Romania, made history earlier this year when she became the first woman with Down syndrome to be employed in the country’s public administration.
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Special Olympics celebrates the value of inclusion alongside the LGBTQ+ community.
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The Government of Malta has officially signed its commitment to host the Special Olympics Invitational Games Malta 2022, an event which will see over 450 athletes from across Europe and beyond gather to compete in various sports next year.
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