50th Anniversary

Ruaumoko Pukepuke bouncing a basketball on a court.
The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will be Ruaumoko’s first-ever World Games, and the 22-year-old hopes to do his family—and everyone in his rural hometown on New Zealand's North Island—proud.
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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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John C. McGinley's professional head shot. He's resting his hand on his head and leaning into the photo on his elbows. He has on a blue thermal shirt.
On Friday, November 30th Special Olympics D.C. hosted its 34th Night of Trees Fundraising Gala.
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Tim Shriver & Hallie Biden signing the Memorandum of Understanding.
Operation Safeguard, a new initiative to advance and strengthen the protection of people with intellectual disabilities from physical and sexual abuse.
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Hamad on he field clapping watching something off in the distance and smiling. He has on a red jersey and a black long sleep undershirt.
#MeetHamad: Hamad’s story is about the power of determination and true sportsmanship.
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Three team players on the field, one coming into the group for an embrace and two give each others a high-five. Additional players are on the field in the background.
In Chicago, one of my responsibilities was to interview athletes, families, and volunteers. As a result, I had the great opportunity to write athlete stories of determination, loyalty, and bravery.
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photo of Daniel Smrokowski sitting and smiling.
In recognition of the International Day of Tolerance, we’re sharing this article written by Daniel Smrokowski, Special Olympics Illinois Athlete, for the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Events.
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Athletes, representatives, and friends gather together in a group in front of the World Tennis Invitational sign for a group photo. Every is wearing a white and red or red polo shirt.
The five-day event, hosted in the Dominican Republic was the largest unified tennis event held globally.
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Global Ambassadors and youth leaders gather for a group photo in the Dominican Republic sitting on the stairs inside a building with plants on either side of the group.
The Special Olympics ' Global Athletes Congress is serving as a platform where Special Olympics athletes lead the way to a more inclusive world.
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Special Olympics leaders and representatives in a group photo in Africa. A Unified Sports banners is in the background, a country flag is in the foreground.
The Local Organizing Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has announced the 11 Sub-Saharan African nations participating in the World Games held on 14-19 March 2019.
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