Athletes

Christophe Schuler on golf course at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
How are we creating tipping points toward inclusion across communities? What can others learn from the Special Olympics movement and our athletes? What does our return-to-play plan look like in various parts of the world?
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Johanna Schoeneck standing outside by a tree.
Special Olympics athlete, Johanna Schoeneck, makes it her mission to keep those with intellectual and developmental disabilities safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Families: The Life Force of our Movement
Families are the life force of Special Olympics and their engagement is as vital to the success of the athletes as it is to the amplification of our mission.
Two women side by side hugging one another with medals hanging around their neck.
Krystal Johnson and Jenna Ramirez are two of four Special Olympics athletes from Special Olympics Southern California featured in this season’s FabFitFun Summer Box!
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Special Olympics Belgium Virtual Games 2020 programme.
This spring, Special Olympics Belgium welcomed the very first edition of the Virtual Games—a two-day digital event as a replacement for the traditional Summer National Games. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Belgian team was forced to cancel the in-person competition, but that didn’t stop their athletes from finding a way to compete!
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Olga Slutsker and three athletes Masha Budina, Misha Stroyev, and Yan Ovsienko standing together.
Fashion magazine Tatler Russia dedicated its June issue to people with intellectual disabilities, featuring Special Olympics cheerleader Masha Budina, swimmers Misha Stroyev and Yan Ovsienko, and Special Olympics Russia President, Olga Slutsker front cover story!
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Jasmine stands on the stage with a microphone in her hand.
One of my teachers said that through art I could communicate with my fellow students. When we would have art classes I felt relaxed and included.
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6 individual photos arranged in a collage.
This article was authored by a Unified writing team (writers with and without an intellectual disability). Jerry Holy is Special Olympics Virginia athlete and Specialist at Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®. Scott George is the Manager for University Engagement at Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools.
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Nine young athletes in a photo collage.
"Thank you for thinking of us … The whole family is thrilled and we cannot wait to start training."—this was the enthusiastic feedback of Sanja Šćekić, mother of eight-year-old years old Tara from Podgorica when they recently received a #YoungAthletesAtHome or #MladiSportistiDoma package!
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Chris Nikic standing after a swim meet with medals around his neck
This is an excerpt from the USA Today article titled “Special Olympian Chris Nikic trains to be first person with Down syndrome to complete Ironman.”
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