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These stories are about the power of Special Olympics to inspire hope, confidence and courage. Special Olympics changes the lives of our athletes with intellectual disabilities but also our coaches, families, volunteers and others who have the opportunity to take part.
Shrey Kadian puts his fist in the air while in the middle of a crowd.
I did not speak until I was 7. According to my parents, I spoke only a few words when I was a toddler; but after that, I just stopped talking.
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A young girl is washing her hands from a  water jug and young children are around watching her.
As the world rallies around Global Handwashing Day, it is important to bring awareness to those who face barriers and challenges around hygiene and handwashing.
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Josh is both an athlete and athlete leader, who’s also a member of his state Special Olympics Board.
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Cindy Bentley smiling; she has on a colorful floral patterned shirt.
Cindy is a born leader, though that may not have been obvious at first. She was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
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Margot holding Hannah at the playground.
As part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we take a look inside the life of Margot and her daughter Hannah.
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Ben Haack speaks with a microphone.
My life has come full circle. So many of the challenges I used to have, I have overcome.
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Loretta stands at a podium and smiles at the crowd.
“I developed an anger inside of myself. But my saving grace was this thing that I wanted to be an athlete. And there was this thing called “Special Olympics.” With these words, Loretta Claiborne summarized what had made all the difference in her life.
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Leader to Leader
Special Olympics athlete leader Bobby Jones, who works at Special Olympics headquarters, asks CEO Mary Davis a few questions about the importance of inclusion in the workplace.
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A split image of Terrel cheering on the left and Terrel answering the phone on the right.
Terrel Limerick is an outstanding Special Olympics athlete who is also an outstanding employee!
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A man and three women wearing wet suits and swim hats and goggles on their heads, hold hands and smile as they walk out of the sea together with water splashing around their legs.
The Open Water Swimming competition at the recent Special Olympics Italia Beach Games in Cesenatico offered a truly inspiring vision of what victory really means.
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