Athletes

A small group of 6 Special Olympics representatives including two Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers standing together.
Special Olympics Kenya and Lions Sight First Eye Hospital Honored with Golisano Award
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A group of Special Olympic athletes had a day to remember as they trained alongside multiple Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix in a Unified Sprint Clinic at Dubai Police Academy Stadium, today (17 March).
Fitness is an important component of a healthy lifestyle for everyone. For athletes, a good fitness routine can help them perform at the highest level during every competition while feeling confident.
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Students and athletes gather around a student under mosquito net and all are listening to a speaker.
Every year, malaria kills approximately 450,000 of the 220-million people that contract the disease each year. Special Olympics is fighting this mosquito-borne illness in places like Nigeria and Senegal.
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Athletes and volunteers dancing together and holding hands.
It’s been a month since the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. It proved to be one of the largest, most inclusive, most unified, most diverse and most successful World Games in the history of Special Olympics.
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Mohammed Mubarak receives an eye screening at Opening Eyes; his face is being pressed against a machine by a volunteer and his eye is being examined and photographed by a machine.
Special Olympics World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi brought together 7,500 athletes and unified partners to compete at their highest ability and break down barriers to full inclusion.
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Chaica Al Qassimi giving a speech at the World Games in Abu Dhabi
By Special Olympic athlete, Chaica Al Qassimi, a Technical Officer, Judo, Special Olympics UAE team.
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Sayra Paola Barrios, Special Olympics Guatemala Gymnastics athlete, patiently waits to receive her new prescription glasses from the Special Olympics-Lions Club International Opening Eyes Program.
If you’ve never seen the world clearly, how would you know you are missing something?
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Said Bes getting his hearing aid resized
For the first time in his life, he could hear the aura of a crowd. Fans from all over the world cheering him on.
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Mame Ndiagne Ndiaye being embraced by his team mates after hearing for the first time. He has hearing aids in each ear.
At age 31, Mame Ndiagne Ndiaye, an athlete from Special Olympics Senegal, hears his is the first time.
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Athlete holding Special Olympics' promotional Fit Feet shoes signed by Bob Beamon.
Bob Beamon, Olympic Long Jump Record Holders, Helps Fit Athletes with Shoes
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