Global Leadership Team

Loretta stands at a podium and smiles at the crowd.
“I developed an anger inside of myself. But my saving grace was this thing that I wanted to be an athlete. And there was this thing called “Special Olympics.” With these words, Loretta Claiborne summarized what had made all the difference in her life.
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Zack and Shia standing in the water (up to their ankles) next to a small boat.
“The Peanut Butter Falcon” opens to wide release across the U.S. this weekend. The executive producer team includes Special Olympics Chairman Dr. Timothy Shriver.
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Tajha & Loretta
When Tajha heard Loretta Claiborne's story, her whole world changed & she found a renewed purpose in her life. Today, Tajha is leading the #InclusionRevolution in her community!
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Photo of the Special Olympics 50 exhibit at the Smithsonian featuring Loretta Claiborne, Lee Dockins, Marty Sheets and Ricardo Thornton.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC is extending its “Special Olympics at 50” display showcasing five decades of Special Olympics!
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Ariel photo of the Closing Ceremony at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.jpg
One month has passed since the final competitions, the last medals awarded and the lights dimmed down on the Closing Ceremony of the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
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Loretta Claiborne and Maria Shriver sitting down both smiling; Maria has her arm around Loretta's shoulder.
Special Olympics Vice Chair & Athlete, Loretta Claiborne joins, Maria Shriver, as a special guest on her podcast "Meaningful Conversations."
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Athlete running in blue Adidas shorts and tank top. His bib reads 430.
For the first time, five Special Olympics athletes from five states around the U.S. have qualified to run in the annual Boston Marathon.
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Tim Shriver stands arm in arm with athletes, students, and representatives from a Unified School. Students and athletes are in school colors (green).
Special Olympics survived Betsy DeVos' attempt to axe our school programs. Here's what we do for America's kids.
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Special Olympics Women Empowering the World
Loretta Claiborne, who has been involved in Special Olympics since 1970, shares the story of women’s empowerment through Special Olympics and sports.
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Tim & Maria Shriver sitting next to one another at a table with two mics in front of them.
Special Olympics Chairman, Tim Shriver joins his sister, Maria Shriver, as a special guest on her podcast “Meaningful Conversations.”
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