Loretta Claiborne

Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics Board of Directors Vice Chair and Chief Inspiration Officer
Loretta Claiborne was born the middle of seven children in a poor, single-parent family in York, Pennsylvania. Partially blind and with intellectual disabilities, she was unable to walk or talk until four-years-old. Today, Claiborne is an accomplished athlete, motivational speaker, member of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors, and Chief Inspiration Officer for Special Olympics.
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Loretta finger weaving a friendship bracelet.
Loretta Claiborne is the Vice Chair of the Special Olympics Board of Directors and athlete from Pennsylvania. In this expert tip video, she demonstrates how to make a friendship bracelet.
Celebrating Women’s History Month
Special Olympics Board Vice Chair, Loretta Clairborne, celebrates Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the female athletes who have contributed to the movement over the last 50 years.
Celebrating Black History Month
Special Olympics Board Vice Chair, Loretta Clairborne, celebrates the black athletes who have contributed to the Special Olympics movement.
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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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!
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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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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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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