Unified Sports

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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Andy Grammer and Daniel Smorowski standing side by side for a Dan's podcast interview.
The Special Olympics movement is driven by our volunteers with more than 1.1 million donating their time and expertise. Andy Grammer, triple-platinum singer/songwriter, stepped up this year as a volunteer coach for the 2020 NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game.
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Two young man standing side by side, the young man on the right is waving to someone off camera.
In 2019, Isak Langfors and Olle Ekman from Uppsala in Sweden had a simple dream—to ensure that young people with intellectual disabilities in their city could experience the joy of football.
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Chris Carter, special Olympics Virginia, claps his hands during the basketball game.
Every year, for the past nine years, a select group of talented Special Olympics athletes and basketball superstars past and present, form two teams, lace up and battle it out in the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game!
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Celebrating Black History Month
Special Olympics Board Vice Chair, Loretta Clairborne, celebrates the black athletes who have contributed to the Special Olympics movement.
Two NBA players standing behind two Special Olympics athletes on the court.
Twelve Special Olympics All-star athletes will be on the same teams as some of the NBA’s finest players, including NBA legends, active and former WNBA players and celebrity figures.
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