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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.
Jaden James smile and holding a basketball.
15-year-old Jaden James, Special Olympics Oklahoma, sunk this 3-point bucket during a basketball tournament in Fort Smith.
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Great Britain SO athletes and team members in a large group outside.
Special Olympics has partnered with, CreatorUp to create video content to support the “Meet the Determined” campaign to promote the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
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Amy Bockerstette with Gary Woodland on the golf course
Gary Woodland surprises Special Olympics athlete Amy // PGA TOUR
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Athlete, Terrence Davis, and another person sitting on concrete steps next to a brick wall.
Long-time athlete Terrence Davis is heading to Abu Dhabi for the 2019 World Games as a coach for the SO St Vincent and Grenadines Bocce team.
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Two people illustrating artistic visual notes on a large drawing board.
In March 2019, our Global Youth Leadership Summit will bring together unified young leaders of the Special Olympics movement to mold a new world.
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Athlete holding a gold medal between his teeth; smiling; proud.
At Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Over 190 nations will showcase the transformative power of sport at the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year.
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Crew and Athlete pose for a group photo in front of the VR camera
The Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi 2019 will bring the games alive with 360-degree virtual reality videos.
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Ximena de Varela offers her gold medal to Pope Francis during his visit to Panama for World Youth Day.
More than a half-million young people from around the world greeted Pope Francis during his recent World Youth Day visit to Panama. He gave many blessings and said many prayers, but he probably didn’t expect to get a medal for his efforts.
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Professor William Alford, Special Olympics Board Lead Director and Vice Chair.
Professor William Alford, Special Olympics Board Vice Chair, was one of two recipients of the 2018 Li Buyun Law Prize.
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Group of participants, athletes, and representatives on the beach in a group photo.
On 17 November, 72 Somers Leos jumped in the icy water to support the Special Olympics Polar Plunge “Cool School Challenge.”
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