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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.
Mario Horn, Shadi Brightfield, and Tim Shriver at a Snowboarding Event
In a Washington Post Op-Ed, Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman of the Board, explains why athletes are role models when it comes to inclusion and acceptance.
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This was a big year for Special Olympics. From high-level competitions and high-profile partnerships to the expansion of Unified Sports and Athlete Leadership, the power of inclusion was on full display.
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Ken Melvin standing at a podium and speaking.
Have you been tasked to lead a meeting but don’t know where to begin? Whether you have 3 or 100 participants, Ken Melvin has tips to help you get started the right way.
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Jimmy with a whistle in his mouth, wearing a ref's shirt and dancing.
Growing up, the schools and even some family members treated Jimmy as if he were cursed. As a referee, he is an authority figure and asset.
Special Olympics holiday card with two doves on either side of an illustration of the earth and it read: Happy Holidays 2019
U2 “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” written and recorded for A Very Special Christmas 30th Anniversary Album.
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Man and woman shaking hands on stange in front of a Special Olympics presentation.
Special Olympics and Soccerex signed a global partnership agreement during SoccerexUSA 2019 in Miami, Florida.
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RJ smiling for a photo; he has on glasses and a blue polo.
I want to tell you a story about a kid who fell in love with sports at a young age. About a kid who had dreams of making a difference. A kid who was willing to do whatever it took to achieve that dream, but who was also just trying to keep up with everyone else.
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Sport as Inspiration: Meet Joyce
Joyce’s passion is sports. She uses that same passion to inspire others, especially the youth.
Lize sitting behind the FOX sports news desk with her hands on her hips and smiling.
It’s not every day at work that you hear from a gold-medallist who commands crowds of 64,000 people—no wonder the staff of FOX Sports Netherlands were so inspired by Special Olympics Netherlands Athlete Leader, Lize Weerdenburg!
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Woman from Special Olympics Haiti competes in race at the 2019 World Games.
A Very Special Christmas Helps Send 104 Athletes to the 2019 World Games
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