Daina Shilts

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Dana Shilts and Russel Wolff in their own screens during a zoom interview.
What are the benefits of inclusion? Just ask Russell Wolff, Executive Vice President & General Manager of ESPN+, speaking here with Special Olympics athlete Daina Shilts, who’s been part of ESPN’s broadcast team covering World Games. Russell says working with people with intellectual disabilities inspires everyone “to be more thoughtful and to be more interested in people who are different.” He adds, “[Inclusion] also makes us better at what we do every day.”
22 people pose in a group photo on the slopes after competing. All of them are wearing brightly colored snow clothes, goggles, and helmets. One of them holds a snowboard.
On 23 January, 10 pairs of Special Olympics athletes and professional snowboarders returned for the sixth annual Unified Snowboarding Competition at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. For the first time ever, six teams of two, including one Special Olympics athlete and one professional skier, competed in the first-ever Unified Skiing Competition at the X Games.
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Unified group standing together for a group photo.
ESPN’s Around The Horn Host Tony Reali attends Generation Unified 2019 in Washington, DC with Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools locations and activities.
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Daniel Smrokowski and Daina Shilts
Daniel Smrokowski, a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger, interviews Daina Shilts, special correspondent for ESPN for the Special Olympics World Games 2019.
Youth (and non youth) leaders from around the world gathered in a room.
Over 150 youth and adult leaders, with and without intellectual disabilities have gathered at the Global Youth Leadership Summit to develop the skills needed to lead their communities on the movement for inclusion.
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Meece and Klug receive their gold medals.
Special Olympics Unified Sports® pair Henry Meece and Chris Klug took home gold for a 4th time at Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding at X Games Aspen 2019.
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Special Olympics athlete Daina Hannah at X-Games with Hanna Teter showing off medals.
Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding is returning to X Games Aspen for a fifth straight year!
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Daina Shilts holding up her silver medal at the 2013 Special Olympics.
Daina Shilts can and has become a symbol of leadership in the Inclusion Revolution.
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The snowboarder is an athlete leader who’s as dynamic on the speaker’s podium as she is on the slopes.
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