Coaches

Li Xiuming in competition gear while skating.
Three years ago, Li Xiuming began training short track speed skaters with intellectual disabilities in Shanghai, China.
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Cindy Schopper holding a sign that reads: Special Olympics USA Bowling
I’ve been a Special Olympics North Dakota coach for 32 years. In that time, I’ve had the opportunity to coach athletes in snowshoe, cross-country skiing, bowling, basketball, volleyball, powerlifting, swimming, soccer (football) and athletics.
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Michael Fan (left) and his mother Angela Huang (right) sitting at a table during a presentation.
Special Olympics Chinese Taipei athlete Michael Fan inspired his mother Angela Huang to become an open water swimmer and coach.
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Moeti Clement Sethunya standing with his female football team on a filed for a group photo.
Moeti Clement Sethunya takes a well-rounded approached to coaching football (soccer) and floor hockey at Special Olympics South Africa using it as a building block to athlete employment.
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It is the Special Olympics belief that all athletes are champions, and the purpose of holding sports competitions is to recognize the bravery and abilities of the athletes in our communities. In my role as a Special Olympics coach, Special Olympics Iran athletes taught me about the pivotal role that the Special Olympics athletes play in society.
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Coach Maria at World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 standing with two athletes on either side of her in front of the pavilion.
My journey of being the National Director of Sports for Special Olympics Brazil, a tennis coach and technical delegate coincides with my love of learning.
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Bruno Barth on the basketball court with a Play Unified long sleep blue shirt on talking to the camera.
The Special Olympics Switzerland Challenge is a new multilingual website and activity hub where athletes can participate in digital training sessions and competitions, no matter where in the world they are!
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Athlete Kai Bodenstein hugging Coach Rob van Someren Brand in a gymnasium.
My name is Rob van Someren Brand, and I’m a football coach for Special Olympics Germany in Berlin.
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Coach Emi in a bright purple cow-neck sweater on the ice with ice skaters in the background.  Text on the top reads: Confidence. Text on the bottom reads: Coach Emi Freese, Special Olympics New York; Gallagher logo and text that reads: Official Sponsor of Special Olympics International Sport and Coach Programming.
The role of a coach comes down to being a strong and supportive leader. As Special Olympics New York coaches, we do this with and for the athletes. We're taking the sport that we love and sharing it because we want to make a change in this world for the better.
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This post first appeared in Human Race from Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
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