World Games

Special Olympics leaders and representatives in a group photo in Africa. A Unified Sports banners is in the background, a country flag is in the foreground.
The Local Organizing Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has announced the 11 Sub-Saharan African nations participating in the World Games held on 14-19 March 2019. A workshop to educate the new member nations on the Games’ values of inclusion and tolerance took place in Nairobi, Kenya. The Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world with more than 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches from more than 176 nations.
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Unified athlete poses on his bicycle ahead of the starting line. Other cyclists are in the background.
Cyclists of all ages, abilities and fitness levels turned up at Yas Marina Circuit on October 28th for the latest edition of ‘Cycle Unified’ and rode alongside members of the UAE National Cycling Team.
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Athletes power lifting on the beach in Trinidad. One male athlete is lifting and a female is spotting him. other athletes are lined up waiting for a turn. Waves are crashing in the background and it's bright and sunny out.
Some of the Trinidad and Tobago athletes competing at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi were able to show off their skills in front of a home crowd.
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athletes standing on the street in a group in Senegal.
Watch as this year’s Special Olympics Senegal athletes prepare for the World Games 2019 Abu Dhabi at training camp, held from 31 August – 2 September 2018 in Mbour.
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Two unified art students are work with their instructor to capture the correct pattern for the Special Olympics logo.
Aspiring young artists convened at Abu Dhabi’s arts and cultural center in Manarat Al Saadiya to learn and practice techniques used to create the geometric patterns of Islamic art.
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Ben holding a countdown sign to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle
I have been working at Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C. for 26 years, and I work in the Branding, Communications, and Content Department.
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2018 Special Olympics Middle East North Africa (MENA) DAY 0 athletes walking onto the stage. A large projection screen is in the background showing the athltes in white and green jackets and black sweat pants. There is an art feature to the left of the screen that is part of the Abu Dhabi 2019 visual design, it resembles a tic tac toe board that is slightly bent or curved.
These will be the first Special Olympics World Games held in the Middle East/North Africa Region.
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Opening Ceremony, 2015 World Summer Games
In 2015, 6,500 athletes that represented 165 countries gathered in Los Angeles for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games.
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