Our Voices

Special Olympics is a movement from athletes with intellectual disabilities. Our Voices shares their unique voices and perspectives.
Ken Meilvin smiling and holding a torch.
For us, 2019 has been about bringing people with and without intellectual disabilities together. As we look to 2020, help us continue our work towards building an inclusive world.
Accepting Me: Meet Yannick
Through accepting himself, Yannick found his voice. He wants people, especially parents, to know that inclusion starts with you!
Never Give Up: Meet Al-Sayed
Al-Sayed joined Special Olympics as a volunteer. Then he became an athlete. Now he is a leader.
Ken Melvin standing at a podium and speaking.
Have you been tasked to lead a meeting but don’t know where to begin? Whether you have 3 or 100 participants, Ken Melvin has tips to help you get started the right way.
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Jimmy with a whistle in his mouth, wearing a ref's shirt and dancing.
Growing up, the schools and even some family members treated Jimmy as if he were cursed. As a referee, he is an authority figure and asset.
RJ smiling for a photo; he has on glasses and a blue polo.
I want to tell you a story about a kid who fell in love with sports at a young age. About a kid who had dreams of making a difference. A kid who was willing to do whatever it took to achieve that dream, but who was also just trying to keep up with everyone else.
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Sport as Inspiration: Meet Joyce
Joyce’s passion is sports. She uses that same passion to inspire others, especially the youth.
True Loves - Family and Football: Meet Boniface
Boniface was once a shy person. Now he is a husband, father and athlete looking to inspire others through is passion of playing football (soccer).
Hanna Joy Atkinson standing in front of a evergreen tree smiling and has on a red Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger polo.
Studies show that roughly 80% of people are nervous about speaking in front of an audience.
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Tips on Delivering an Impactful Speech
Studies show that roughly 80% of people are nervous about speaking in front of an audience. If you are one of those people, Hanna Joy Atkinson has a few tips to get you more comfortable giving speeches and presentations so you can wow the crowd.