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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.
A group of swimmers in open water. All swimmers have on yellow swim caps with numbers.
The Inaugural Washington DC Sharkfest Swim—taking place in Washington, D.C.'s National Harbor waters on June 23, 2019—is bringing three organizations together to host one fun and inclusive event.
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A group of athletes close together posing with thumbs up and the peace sign; athletes are wearing red and white Adidas football uniforms.
On Monday, June 10th, Special Olympics International, in partnership with the United Nations Division for Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations will host a panel discussion at the United Nations in conjunction with the 12th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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Photo of the training for life campus for the Special Olympics.
A little after midnight on Thursday, May 23, my wife, our dogs, our hedgehog and I were all hunkered down in our basement in Jefferson City, Missouri, watching the news as a storm moved across the state.
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Logo for the Special Olympics World Winter Games Sweden 2021 accompanied by a photo of a skier in motion on the snow.
Fair and equal access to health care for those with intellectual disabilities is set to be a major focus of the 2021 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Sweden.
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Six young adults on stage putting on a performance. The sign in the background reads Unified Champion Schools Distinction Awards.
ESPN honored sixteen schools for their commitment to high standards of inclusion through the Unified Champion School model.
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Sherrie and another runner hold the burning torch alongside side one another during the Final Leg.
Over 100 law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes, the Guardians of the Flame, carried the Flame of Hope, throughout all seven of the United Arab Emirates before safely delivering it to the Opening Ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
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Eleven women wearing orange and white football kits stand in front of a football/soccer net on a football pitch.
More than 150 players from across Europe were greeted as true champions at the Closing Ceremony of the recent Special Olympics European 8-a-side Football Tournament in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
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Two female footballers on the pitch trying to take control of the ball.
The month of June is an amazing time for Special Olympics footballers and football fans all across the globe.
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Three female students sitting on the gym floor doing a toe-touch stretch.
SHAPE America is the national organization that serves as the voice for 200,000+ health and physical education professionals across the nation.
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