Our Voices

Special Olympics is a movement from athletes with intellectual disabilities. Our Voices shares their unique voices and perspectives.
RJ Nealon speaks at podium.
Ever since I was little, my dream was to work at ESPN. I always felt most comfortable in sports competition, it was my escape, my first love and a way to prove myself.
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A group of 13 athletes and representatives standing an kneeling in two rows outside.
Around the world, Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities are leading community-based projects for inclusion. Paola and Maria, two Special Olympics youth leaders from El Salvador, share their experiences working together to create change.
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Daniel captures the scenery of New York while on the Brooklyn Bridge with his mother.
During the week of July 15–20 as our Special Olympics movement celebrates a Global Week of Inclusion, I would like to share with you how I will be showcasing inclusion and “celebrate togetherness.”
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Renee’s magical 50th Year Anniversary Celebration leaves a lasting memory.
As the Global Week of Inclusion began I thought, "what does inclusion really mean, what does it really look like?"
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Sherrie and another runner hold the burning torch alongside side one another during the Final Leg.
Over 100 law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes, the Guardians of the Flame, carried the Flame of Hope, throughout all seven of the United Arab Emirates before safely delivering it to the Opening Ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
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Special Olympics Celebrates National Sweden Day
We are celebrating the National Day of Sweden. Take a look at two Swedish athletes, together, receiving the news that Sweden will host the 2019 World Winter Games.
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Nakorn running on the track during an athletes competition. He has on a brightly colored tank top, blue shorts, and black spandex.
‘Getting on with it’ is my motto to survive in life.
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Sign announcing quiet hour at the supermarket.
On Friday, I was doing my rounds at the local shops when I noticed a sign. It said that there will be a quiet hour from 3-4 for people who have Autism.
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Abu Dhabi Daily Show logo in World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 graphics.
Athlete Leaders and Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers, Daniel Smrokowski and Ian Harper, conduct Interviews of athletes, coaches, attendees, and other messengers at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Chaica Al Qassimi giving a speech at the World Games in Abu Dhabi
By Special Olympic athlete, Chaica Al Qassimi, a Technical Officer, Judo, Special Olympics UAE team.
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