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Our mission at Special Olympics is to help others find joy, confidence and fulfillment—no matter who they are. We seek to inspire people to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

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From kids to communities, see inspirational examples of how inclusion is taking root, and leading to real change, both at home and around the world.

Special Olympics uses sport to promote inclusive education

In line with the 2024 theme of 'Sport for the Promotion of Peaceful and Inclusive Societies,' Special Olympics promotes inclusivity. 
FromABC 9

12-year-old Auburn gymnast defying limits, gravity at Special Olympics

There’s a local gymnast who can defy gravity, but it was her ability to defy all odds that makes her really outstanding.

Local RADD athletes bring home Special Olympics medals

Athletes from the Pleasanton-based T-RADD program earned a slew of medals during the Special Olympics regional basketball tournament played at local schools last month.

World Down Syndrome Day 2024 - Special Olympics Senegal Director Rajah Sy: ‘Inclusion is our keyword’

Breaking down barriers and promoting inclusion through sports has been a goal for almost 20 years since joining Special Olympics Senegal.

How Unified Basketball Tournament impacted lives—for athletes and volunteers alike

The Special Olympics Unified Sports program is growing, and those involved couldn’t be happier.

Jesús Luzardo volunteers with Special Olympics

Luzardo encourages others to 'Go Coach!' with Special Olympics

Special Olympics program provides health care, education for athletes

This week, all 800 athletes competing in the Calgary Games will be offered health screenings/education.
FromFox 59

Polar Plunge celebrates 25 years of helping Special Olympics

The Polar Plunge, celebrating its 25th anniversary, challenges Hoosiers to take an icy dip to support local athletes with special needs.

Canadian swimmer sees mentoring role after winning Special Olympics gold

Now that his team has won gold for Canada in the pool at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games, Tyler says he would like to someday help younger athletes as a coach.

I was ashamed of my disabilities. Then my parents insisted I compete in the Special Olympics

I was 11 when my parents gave me a choice: I could quit figure skating or transfer to a new club that had a program for people with disabilities.

Dad discovers joy of coaching Special Olympians

Larry Robbins says he's usually the "loudest one in the arena" when cheering for Team P.E.I.'s Special Olympians.

Unified Special Olympics games create lasting bonds between Ohio students

John Marshall High School hosted a Unified basketball event for six high schools, bringing together typical and neurodivergent students to compete in basketball.

Three from GHS lobby in D.C. for Special Olympics

A New York contingent for the Special Olympics’ “Capitol Hill Day” in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 6 included 3 people from Guilderland High School: Unified Coach Alison Relyea, and athletes Alyssa O’Connor and Cole Miller.

Hoxsie student donates $500 winnings to Special Olympics

First-grader Sofiah Kidd won a Feinstein Junior Scholar Golden Ticket, consisting of a $5,000 grant for her school and a $500 donation to a charity of her choice.

FanSided and Special Olympics Return to Super Bowl Media Row with Unified Reporting Team

FanSided Hires Special Olympics Florida Athlete and Sportscaster, Malcom Harris-Gowdie as Unified Reporter

Next stop Italy for Special Olympics snowboarder

Chris Furches took to a snowboard several years ago like a fish to water, and now the 24-year-old’s skill at the sport has garnered him an invite to next year’s Special Olympics World Games in Turin, Italy.

Louisiana Special Olympics athlete will compete on the national stage

Persephone White is preparing to compete in the USPA High School Nationals in powerlifting.

Allegis Group Foundation, Aerotek to bring dozens of volunteers to Polar Bear Plunge

Every year, it takes hundreds of volunteers to put on an event like the Polar Bear Plunge.

Athlete celebrates more than 10 years of competing at Special Olympics Tennessee

Halladay White has been an athlete with Special Olympics Tennessee for more than a decade.
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