Africa

Ken Meilvin smiling and holding a torch.
For us, 2019 has been about bringing people with and without intellectual disabilities together. As we look to 2020, help us continue our work towards building an inclusive world.
Pan Africa Games Egypt 2020 logo surrounded by the descriptions about the image.
The first ever Special Olympics Pan African Games will take place in Cairo, 23-31 January, 2020 under the auspices of HE Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the Egyptian President.
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Accepting Me: Meet Yannick
Through accepting himself, Yannick found his voice. He wants people, especially parents, to know that inclusion starts with you!
Never Give Up: Meet Al-Sayed
Al-Sayed joined Special Olympics as a volunteer. Then he became an athlete. Now he is a leader.
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.
Sport as Inspiration: Meet Joyce
Joyce’s passion is sports. She uses that same passion to inspire others, especially the youth.
True Loves - Family and Football: Meet Boniface
Boniface was once a shy person. Now he is a husband, father and athlete looking to inspire others through is passion of playing football (soccer).
Nyasha in a red polo speaking to the camera during the filming of an instructional video.
Special Olympics athletes have skills and abilities beyond sports. In a new Expert Tip video series, athletes share their know-how on a range of helpful and popular topics.
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Role Model & Advocate: Meet Nyasha
In his youth, Nyasha wasn’t accepted or included... even by his own family and community. Today, he is a strong role model to people with ID—and without ID. His dream job is to become a global advocate for inclusion.
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Rising Above Life’s Challenges: Meet Brightfield
Every day, young people like Brightfield are bullied, due to their intellectual disabilities. Despite challenges, Bright has grown up to be a talented motivational speaker, graphic designer and photographer. Meet Brightfield.
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