In the News

Pandora and Special Olympics Launch “Special Olympics Champions” Playlist

Available now on Pandora Premium!
Daniel Smrokowski, Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger and Special Olympics Illinois athlete, provides the introduction to the list.
Pandora Playlist: Special Olympics Champions Playlist

Special Olympics and Pandora have teamed up to release the “Special Olympics Champions” playlist—the first Pandora playlist ever released with a nonprofit—for this year’s Global Week of Inclusion! Created by Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners, this playlist will inspire listeners of all abilities to bring out their inner champion!

Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from eight Special Olympics Programs in the United States submitted 3-5 songs that help them get in the zone, find their inner strength, and workout and train at their best. Listen to the full playlist to hear from the athletes and Unified partners, and learn more about how each song helps them stay motivated and be their best.


Check out a preview of the playlist below to see which songs inspire these Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners to bring out their inner champion!

Layla Crehan - Special Olympics Florida athlete

1. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
2. Unbreakable by Janelle Monae and Kelly Clarkson From Ugly Dolls Film
3. Set It All Free by Scarlett Johansson from Sing Movie Soundtrack
4. Born This Way by Lady Gaga
5. Me! by Taylor Swift

Ayesha Abdul-Jillil - Special Olympics Alaska athlete

6. Pump up the Jam by Technotronic
7. Move This by Technotronic
8. Space Jam - Quad City DJs

Tommy Mooney - Special Olympics New York athlete

9. Champion by Carrie Underwood
10. Headstrong by Trapt
11. In the end by LINKIN PARK
12. Better Faster Stronger by Daft Punk

Stephanie Price - Special Olympics Arkansas athlete

13. On by BTS
14. Not Alone by RED
15. Turn Up the Music by Chris Brown
16. This Is Me by The Greatest Showman Cast

Hayley Dufour - Special Olympics New Hampshire athlete

17. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
18. Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex
19. Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus
20. Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Natalie Green (athlete) and John Ruff (Unified partner) - Special Olympics Utah

21. I want it that way by Backstreet Boys
22. This is Me by Keala Settle
23. Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne
24. Warriors by Allen Stone
25. Starlight and Gold by KT Tunstall

Tyrelle Starkey (athlete) and Lilie Stoolman (Unified partner) - Special Olympics Colorado

26. Fire and Gold by Bea Miller
27. Hall of Fame by The Script and
28. Cruise by Florida Georgia Line

Cierra Waller (athlete) and Stormy Brown (Unified partner) - Special Olympics South Carolina, both from Sumter High School, a Special Olympics Unified Champion School®

29. A Flat by Black Violin
30. Salute by Little Mix
31. I'm Still Standing by Elton John
32. You Say by Lauren Daigle
33. Happy by Pharell Williams
34. Rise Up by Andra Day

Recommended Content
From 20-26 July 2020, Special Olympics is celebrating champions of inclusion as part of Global Week of Inclusion and "The Revolution Is Inclusion," a five-year campaign.
3 Min Read
Daniel Smrokowski, a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger, interviews fellow Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger and Special Olympics Zimbabwe Athlete, Nyasha Derera.
On Monday, 21 July 2020, Special Olympics, Special Olympics announced the next phase of global expansion of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® (UCS)—one of the largest initiatives for inclusion in education for young people with and without intellectual disabilities—through the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.
1 Min Read