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Athlete Leadership

Special Olympics is Racing Toward a Tech Evolution. The Athletes are Leading the Sprint.

Special Olympics is racing toward a tech evolution. The athletes are leading the sprint.
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Kiera Byland BEM: My Year of Advocacy and Inclusion

Kiera Byland BEM shares her journey since being elected as Global Athlete Congress Chair during the World Games in Berlin
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Samantha Rodriguez: Logging Miles & Leading the Way

To many, running is a solitary sport. One person, one route, one goal. But for Samantha Rodriguez, running has always been more than that. It’s been a way to connect, form a community, and create opportunities for those around her.
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“I consider myself an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities”: An interview with Pablo Composto, Sargent Shriver Global Messenger

For World Autism Awareness Day, we highlight the stories and efforts of our athletes for the promotion and advocacy of the full recognition of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), including autism spectrum disorder.
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Stonich’s Long Journey with Special Olympics Leads to Memorable Moments

Rick Stonich’s Special Olympics Colorado journey started 23 years ago when he lived next door to an elderly couple who housed two people with intellectual disabilities. Now he's been a golf coach and Unified partner, finding fulfillment in the organization.
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Special Olympics Nebraska Athlete Takes on Capitol Hill Ahead of Sargent Shriver Global Messenger Term

Throughout Washington D.C., Special Olympics athletes, Unified partners, and staff from 47 states and the District of Columbia are meeting with members of Congress to advocate for the continuance of funding for the movement’s life-changing work in education and health.
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Skills Learned in Journalism Turn into Career with Special Olympics Pennsylvania

A chance encounter brought Nick Cammarota to Special Olympics for the first time. Now more than a decade later, he hasn't looked back and works full-time with Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
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Trying to Rebound after COVID-19

One Special Olympics club in Kenya struggles to increase athlete and coach participation to pre-Covid levels two years after the end of the lockdown.
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United Airline’s Miles on a Mission Collects Miles for Special Olympics

Long-time Special Olympics corporate partner United Airlines announced that Special Olympics will be highlighted as a recipient of the airlines’ Miles on a Mission program.
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Coach Webinar Series 2023, presented by Gallagher

The Special Olympics Coach Webinar Series, presented by Gallagher, is back for 2023!
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