Coaches

Mohammed Mounir illustrated story.
How the Coach’s lifetime commitment to promote tolerance and acceptance is changing the worldview of athletes with intellectual disabilities.
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Screenshot of the Online Learning Ports homepage.
After many months of work, Special Olympics is bursting with excitement to share that our online coach education courses are now available in even more global languages.
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Anas' story
Anas Khalil Al Zorba was once described by some as hyperactive with excessive movement. Then, he joined Special Olympics Palestine. Because of his sports training, the exercise and rules of game helped him control his energy and gain discipline. Not only did his skills and dedication improve his behavior, self-reliance and independence, but they also got him noticed by Special Olympics coaches and staff.
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Image of athletes and coaches with the Gallagher and Special Olympics logos at the top.
As the Official Sponsor of Special Olympic International Sport and Coach Programming, A.J. Gallagher & Co. is committed to empowering athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to face their future with confidence through quality coaching and training experiences.
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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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Female athlete playing tennis; taking a swing at the ball during a game.
In an exciting first, Special Olympics has worked with our partner, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to create a free e-learning course called an "Introduction to Coaching Players with Intellectual Disabilities" for the ITF’s online learning platform the ITF Academy.
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Ratna Mohd Zain, her daughter Nadhrah and Coach JC.
Ratna Mohd Zain’s daughter Nadhrah is a swimmer with Special Olympics Singapore. Ratna believes parents need to play their part to work in tandem with coaches to bring out the best in their children.
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Coach Greg from Special Olympics New Jersey staging in a living room wearing a yellow Special Olympics Young Athletes t-shirt.
Young Athletes provides children, ages 2 – 7, with fun and engaging activities to stay fit and healthy. This is especially important while spending so much time indoors due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic.
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Coach and athlete assessing what is to come down the track.
Whether you are an aspiring coach, an experienced coach interested in exploring Special Olympics coaching, a Special Olympics veteran who wants to earn certifications for your learning, or just looking for a refresher, there are a number of course options for you to choose from.
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Athlete kicking a ball. Text reads: The confidence to dream big
Special Olympics, the international sports body that represents athletes with intellectual disabilities, claims that its new partnership with Gallagher, the US insurance company, will go beyond the 100,000 events it runs each year, and is hopeful of attracting new sponsors even in the current uncertain global climate.
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