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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.

BWF and Special Olympics Host First-Ever Federation-led Education and Competition Event

In another demonstration of the ever-strengthening partnership between Special Olympics and the Badminton World Federation, a global technical training and regional competition was recently held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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New Horizons Open as Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Joins Judo Intellectual Disability Project

The newly launched initiative will create opportunities for judokas with intellectual disabilities in Europe
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SBJ Spotlights Santiago 2027 in its “Around the World” Sporting Events Watchlist

The following is an excerpt from Sport Business Journal’s “Around the World” article highlighting major events in the global sports field in the coming years, including the first-ever Latin American Special Olympics World Games in Santiago, Chile in 2027.
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Special Olympics World Games Santiago 2027 Announcement Makes Headlines Around the World

Special Olympics Board Chair Dr. Timothy Shriver poses with Special Olympics athletes during the press event to announce that Santiago, Chile will be the host site for the 2027 Special Olympics World Games.
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European Football Week 2024: Celebrating the Beautiful Game for ALL!

European Football Week #EFW2024 will see exciting football activities taking place across the continent from 25 May to 2 June 2024.
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“Inclusion Starts with Sport”

Special Olympics’ Kiera Byland was a highlight speaker at the International Sports Press Association’s Global Congress gathering taking place in Barcelona, Spain this week.
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AIPS: Special Olympics Athlete and Leader Kiera Byland Inspires AIPS Congress to Champion Inclusion Through Sport

Earlier this week, Kiera Byland, BEM made history as the first ever athlete with intellectual disabilities to address more than 400 sport journalists from five different continents who attended the AIPS Global Centennial Congress in Santa Susanna, Barcelona, Spain.
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First-ever Para Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships to take place at Torremolinos Finals

The following is an excerpt from World Triathlon’s article on the first-ever Para Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships that is set to take place at the Championship Finals Torremolinos-Andalucía in Torremolinos, Spain next October.
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UEFA 2024: UEFA EURO 2024 Volunteer Tandem Programme kicks off in Cologne

The following is an excerpt on UEFA’s Euro 2024 Volunteer Tandem Programme that is inspired and based off of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 Host Town Program.
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Earth Day 2024: Special Olympics Drive Sustainability in Italy and Belgium

The following is an excerpt from Inside the Games’ article on Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023’s sustainability project
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The UPS Foundation progresses inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities with US $92K grant to Special Olympics in Asia

In a world where the need for inclusion is increasingly urgent, The UPS Foundation has pledged US$92K to support Special Olympics Young Athletes programming, an early childhood play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old across Asia. In addition, the grant will also go towards other Special Olympics sports programming in the region.
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Fostering Inclusion: Launch of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools

The launch of the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® (UCS) Project in South Africa marked a historic moment in the nation's journey towards fostering inclusivity and acceptance.
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