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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.
Gazing into the camera with her genuine smile, Amy Wiesenhutter shares the story of how she found her passion for coaching Special Olympics Texas through mentor Patsy Reyna Henry's considerable influence on her life. Volunteering at events throughout her childhood, it was only a matter of time before she turned that passion into a lifelong mission, discovering the "snowball effect" that Special Olympics has on all the people it touches.
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The National Recreation and Park Association outlines strategies to address the inclusion and access to sports for all youth, and calls attention to strategies employed by Special Olympics in this article.
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An article from Youth Today discusses why individuals with intellectual disabilities are more likely to be overweight, and how Special Olympics data and resources are changing that.
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Special Olympics longstanding employee, Renee Dease, recounts her time working with Eunice Kennedy Shriver and how she witnessed the beginnings of inclusive health opportunities for millions.
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Athletes, coaches and Unified partners in Nigeria participate in 21-week Unified Sports® program thanks to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
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On World Youth Skills Day, Special Olympics is proud to announce the sixth cycle of Youth Innovation Projects.
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This is an excerpt from the article titled Watch Special Olympics Athlete Get Surprised by Montell Jordan with News She'll Compete at USA Games published by People.com.
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Since the Covid pandemic. many programmes in Europe have launched a new version of their virtual games!
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The following is an excerpt of the article titled Meet Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Grandkids, Who Are on a Mission to Carry Her Special Olympics Torch published by People.
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Five universities across the state of Kansas participated in the SONA Move Challenge, an 8-week movement challenge to see how many minutes of exercise participants could complete each week, to compensate for the loss of in-person sporting events and social activities.
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Special Olympics and the Lions Club International Foundation celebrate a 20 year partnership.
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Read the stories of just a few of the athletes, peer partners, Youth Leaders, coaches, teachers, parents and organizational partners around the globe leading the charge for inclusion through Play Unified: Learn Unified.
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