Stavros Niarchos Foundation

A mother with her arm around her young son, leaning against him and smiling.
This has been a breakthrough year for my son Ali. Until four years old, no school accepted him into any programs. They would say that he was not social, that he would not get along with other children, and that he did not perform well in their school setting. Ali never wanted to go to school, he hated it.
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Cover page of the Global Youth Engagement Impact Report. Photos of youth engaging in Special Olympics around the world.
Special Olympics Global Youth Engagement seeks to create inclusion in schools and communities around the world through the empowerment of youth, families, teachers, and other supporters.
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Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Youth Leaders playing in a game of Unified basketball.
Global expansion of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools was announced as one of the top proposals in helping to solve one of the world’s most crucial social challenges
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A team of unified Russian football players
Shuya, Russia—Special Olympics Russia hosted an All-Russian Youth Football and Unified Football Tournament with more than 100 participants—with and without intellectual disabilities—representing six regions of the Russian Federation.
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Brina Kei Maxino - We Matter, Too
As a unified generation, let us stand together and declare that all people matter.
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A group of five people stand holding a white banner that reads 'Play Unified. Learn Unified.' with the sea and blue sky in the background.
Special Olympics Serbia was among the national programme teams that attended the recent Unified Champion Schools National Conference in San Diego, California.
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A group in red football kits stand on a football pitch with their arms around each other facing the camera smiling.
Speaking at his team’s Gothia Special Olympics Trophy debut in Gothenburg, Special Olympics Sweden athlete, Joakim Lantz discusses what it takes to be a good leader.
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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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A group of people run towards the camera and across a finish line holding banners and waving their arms in the air.
Special Olympics athletes were honoured to play an important role in the recent Summer Nostos Festival (SNFestival)—a multifaceted international arts, sports and education festival organised every June by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens, Greece.
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