Unified Sports

Three girls hug on the football pitch in celebration.
This year, European Football Week goes digital. Welcome to Faces of Football!
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Multiple images of zoom meeting attendees.
For the first time ever in Latin America, gamers with intellectual disabilities played alongside influencers, athletes and professional gamers in a Unified eSports tournament held on 30 July 2020 as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Chile. The teams competed in two FIFA 20 matches and attracted media, sponsor and influencer attention.
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The Landscapes with Naveh Elder Welcomes ESPN | Special Olympics: Athletes with a disability, diversity and Inclusion | Wokie Daboh, Kate Jackson, and John Papa; images of the speakers are included under each persons name.
Special Olympics has come a long way since 1968 and now it goes beyond just sports. In the past two weeks, the Landscape Podcast, a series of episodes highlighting people, programs and businesses changing the landscape for individuals with any type of disability, has focused on Special Olympics and ESPN.
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Three athletes at USA Games
5 Reasons Inclusion Matters More Than Ever
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Selfie of Joshua Cohen
I interviewed a girl from Japan named Sayako. She was very nice and easy to talk to. I interviewed her on Special Olympics, the coronavirus and how it’s impacting us, and our personal interest, including Japan.
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Female athlete playing tennis; taking a swing at the ball during a game.
In an exciting first, Special Olympics has worked with our partner, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to create a free e-learning course called an "Introduction to Coaching Players with Intellectual Disabilities" for the ITF’s online learning platform the ITF Academy.
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Girls playing basketball on a court.
On the United Nation’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Special Olympics celebrates its partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (Laureus).
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Special Olympics athletes and representatives along with professional players on stage together.
Independiente del Valle, the Ambassador Team of Special Olympics Ecuador and current champion of the South American Cup, unveiled their official uniform for the 2020 season, in an emotional event where Special Olympics athletes shone the brightest.
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Group of 5 representatives and an athlete standing side by side for a group photo.
Speaking alongside Special Olympics Europe Eurasia President and Managing Director, David Evangelista at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, Gerald underlined Special Olympics’ ongoing efforts to engage refugee and migrant youth—of all abilities—across the world and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between both organisations.
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Israeli Hapoel Haifa team, a mascot, and Special Olympics athletes hold up a banner on the pitch before the championship football game starts.
One very special day in late 2019, a group of athletes from Special Olympics Israel had the experience of a lifetime. They escorted the players of Hapoel Haifa onto the pitch ahead of a national championship match!
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