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Media and Celebrities Share Unveiling of ‘Yeah, I am Special’ Collection

The two Special Olympics athletes traveled to New York City to see themselves in athletic poses on huge billboards wearing shirts from the ‘Yeah, I am Special’ collection, part of Special Olympics' larger “The Revolution Is Inclusion” campaign.
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Basketball in Iceland: From Lay Ups to Lifelong Friendships That Turned into Family

In a small country with a population of less than 400,000 people, there is a family with 32 children. They hang out together, hold pizza parties, chat, laugh, but most of all, they play basketball.
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Chile Enters Final Stage of 2027 Special Olympics World Games Bid

Santiago, Chile has advanced to the final stage of host evaluation for the 2027 Special Olympics World Games.
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Special Olympics Romania Embraces Inclusive Support for Ukrainian Refugees through Unified with Refugees Initiative

Representatives of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia, SO Romania, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency held a collaborative meeting in Bucharest to explore ways to amplify support for refugees.
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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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From Athlete to Coach—A Dream Chasing Story Spanning 40 Years

This excerpt is from Human Race’s article, “From Athlete to Coach – A Dream Chasing Story Spanning 40 Years.”
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Forbes Covers Partnership Between Xbox and Special Olympics to Present Gaming for Inclusion 2023

The following is an excerpt from an article titled Xbox, Special Olympics Executives Talk Ongoing Partnership, Inclusivity In Gaming, More In New Interview published by Forbes.
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Agents Of Inclusion: Episode Thirty-Five

JR sits down with Albert Dorsey and Demetric Desue from Special Olympics to hear about their journey as Special Olympics athletes, why the Inclusion Revolution is so important, how they have continued to help out behind the scenes of Special Olympics, and more!

Coach Webinar Series 2023, presented by Gallagher: Webinar 3 – Coaching Adult Athletes

A recap of week 1 of the 2023 Coach Webinar Series, presented by Gallagher.
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Coaching Adult Athletes – Coach Webinar Series 2023 - Portuguese

The final webinar of the 2023 Coach Webinar Series, presented by Gallagher. This webinar was all about being adaptable as a coach and keeping adult athletes engaged in a challenging environment. This webinar was hosted by football referee and Special Olympics Washington Athlete Leader, Garrett Utz. Garrett has officiated at 1 USA Games, 2 Unified Cups, and 2 World Games. Garrett also holds multiple leadership positions and is also an Athlete Advisor for the Sport and Competition team in Special Olympics International. Garrett was joined by Gallagher’s Scott Gregory who sits on the board of Special Olympics Southern California and is an active Special Olympics coach. Thomas Graham from the Newcastle United Foundation gave us an overview of the development of their walking football programme and how this could be applied to Special Olympics contexts. Ken Black, co-founder of the Inclusion Club, then presented on the STEP Model (Space, Task, Equipment, People) and how to adapt your coaching to continually challenge athletes no matter the ability level. To close out the webinar, there was a very passionate and inspiring message from Special Olympics supporter and former US Men’s National Team player and current Vice President of Sporting for US Soccer, Oguchi Onyewu.