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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.

Ohio Special Olympics Recognizes Local Athletes

Local athletes Frank Chatfield, left, and Jacob Hawk, right, will be recognized at the opening ceremonies of the Ohio Special Olympics on June 28.

SCV Diva Sharks Earn Second Place Finish In Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

The Diva Sharks traveled to Long Beach for the Special Olympics Summer Games and left it all on the court in their pursuit for a gold medal.

The former teacher empowering the next generation of Special Olympics stars

Hollie Murphy has competed for her native Ireland and the United Arab Emirates, but her greatest sporting legacy may be yet to come.

Jamaal Charles on the Andy Reid system, his Special Olympics journey | Second Acts Podcast

Jamaal on his connection to the Special Olympics and now being a global ambassador

Special Olympics and Topgolf to Partner in New Inclusive Fundraiser on September 27

Golf fans of all abilities can register now for the Unified Fore Joy ProAm

Meet the 2024 Southwest Florida Special Olympics Player of the Year Finalists

Unified Sports have become a staple in Southwest Florida schools and to support their growth, The News-Press and Naples Daily News annually recognize our area's Special Olympic athletes.

Special Olympics Gold Medalist’s Story Inspires those Around Him

"He’s always been very strong — surprisingly strong," Nick’s father, Patrick Weldon said.

Super Senior: Larry Sherwood can't wait to compete in the Special Olympics

At the age of 76, Larry Sherwood is one of the oldest athletes competing, and he can hardly wait for the games to get underway.

Special Olympics are serious fun for Stevensville athlete Chris Zier

You can’t miss Chris Zier at the Missoula Diamondbacks golf practice.

Athlete's dream comes true when she's surprised with entry into Special Olympics USA Games

Lumene Montissol is ready to make her mark at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando.

Q&A with Jenny Phelps: Bringing community together for Special Olympics Scotland County

Border Belt Independent spoke with Phelps about her first time helping with the Special Olympics and the importance of having this event.

Athletes give advice to future Special Olympics athletes

“Keep trying, keep pushing and give it your all. It’s the best you could do for yourself and your team.”

MSD students shine during Special Olympics

Over 20 students from both Malvern Middle School and Malvern High School attended the Area 10 Special Olympics Track and Field hosted at Lakeside High School on Thursday, April 18.

NFHS, Special Olympics partner to launch new unified sports course

Special Olympics Unified Sports® has created the “Administering Interscholastic Unified Sports” course, available now for free on the NFHS Learning Center (

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. 

Louisiana Special Olympics athlete celebrates the comradery born through competition at this year's summer games

However, the three days of competition are more than just that for these athletes. It marks a weekend of comradery.

Miles City Bandits build lifelong friendships through Special Olympics

Last year the youth team was recognized as the program of the year, and the adult team followed suit this year with Brooke Hollowell also garnering coach of the year.
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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.
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