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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.
Six images of young adults wearing masks and interacting with one another.
During a time social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Special Olympics has made a variety of online resources, such as virtual games, workouts and leadership opportunities, available to keep athletes healthy and engaged until in-person activities resume.
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An image of a person walking away; text that reads: Don't Cry
Special Olympics Zambia, with its partners Sport in Action and University of East London, collaborated with top Zambian musician to produce a music video which has reached over 70,000 plays less than a week after being released.
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A behind-the-scenes view of the NBA virtual fan experience on Microsoft Teams.
To say everything is a bit different these days is an understatement. But the NBA is doing everything it can to make things feel normal.
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Greg flexing his muscles.
Professional video shoots are full of flashing lights, loud noises and new scenarios. For someone with autism who has sensitivity to flashing lights, this setting can be overwhelming and intimidating. But Greg did not let that stop him from participating in the School of Strength fitness series.
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The Landscapes with Naveh Elder Welcomes ESPN | Special Olympics: Athletes with a disability, diversity and Inclusion | Wokie Daboh, Kate Jackson, and John Papa; images of the speakers are included under each persons name.
Special Olympics has come a long way since 1968 and now it goes beyond just sports. In the past two weeks, the Landscape Podcast, a series of episodes highlighting people, programs and businesses changing the landscape for individuals with any type of disability, has focused on Special Olympics and ESPN.
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Athletes on the left doing a project with text on the right.
The 2nd Special Olympics MENA Regional Athlete Leadership Input Council Meeting was held virtually and attended by 20 Athlete Leaders from 10 programs. During the virtual meeting, all Athlete Leaders participated in a Design Thinking and Recycling Workshop.
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Hassam, wearing a blue jacket, poses for a photo while holding a certificate from the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi.
How a Love of Football Helps Hassam Set Goals and Accomplish Them
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Athletes in a group holding a WWE championship belt.
This year, Special Olympics launched the School of Strength fitness campaign in response to athletes’ need for at-home workouts. Athletes in the United States and around the world accepted the challenge to get fit and have fun while doing it.
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On the left text reads: IYL Training: Exploring Leadership | Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools logo. On the right: Three young adults standing in front of lockers.
This 2020-2021 school year, Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® will be hosting four Digital Summits on Inclusive Youth Leadership. To earn your ticket, read the below.
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A stack of floorball sticks.
The iFF (International Floorball Federation), the Indian Football Federation and Special Olympics Bharat (India) found a way to enhance the knowledge base of referees through virtual learning.
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