World Summer Games

Large crowd of people in the streets sitting on chairs.
On the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games in New Haven, Connecticut, we celebrate the creation and impact of the Host Town Program.
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Medical exam in Guinea-Bissau
MedFest is sometimes the first exposure athletes have to medical care and in many cases, life-threatening conditions have been found and subsequently treated.
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Five people stand at a podium at the U.S. Senate. They are framed by the U.S. flag on the left side and by the Senate flag on the right side.
On Thursday, 5 March 2020, Members of Congress, the UAE Embassy, and Special Olympics USA athletes from Southern California, Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Ohio, and Connecticut gathered for a screening of The Road to Abu Dhabi, a documentary about the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Africa World Games 2019
Special Olympics has launched a revolution in its approach to sport and competition with the roll-out of an exciting new floorball data project. In partnership with the International Floorball Federation (IFF), Special Olympics launched an innovative real-time sports data project at the Invitational Games in Sweden. The Games are taking place from the 1 to the 4 of February and feature 90 floorball players from Sweden, Belgium, Finland and Spain competing across the competition.
This was a big year for Special Olympics. From high-level competitions and high-profile partnerships to the expansion of Unified Sports and Athlete Leadership, the power of inclusion was on full display.
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Woman from Special Olympics Haiti competes in race at the 2019 World Games.
A Very Special Christmas Helps Send 104 Athletes to the 2019 World Games
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Anna McDougal showing off her medal with excitement.
No other organized event in the world has the emotional and social impact of the Special Olympics World Games
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The Most Inclusive Event on the Planet
Attracting world leaders, celebrities, dignitaries and hundreds of thousands of spectators, the Special Olympics World Games are one of the most powerful and important vehicles for communicating to the world the abilities and gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, the most marginalized population on earth.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ Joe Haden Finds Inspiration at World Games
Joe Haden, cornerback for the Pittsburg Steelers, had a blast taking part at the Unified Flag Football Clinic at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Athlete is receiving an ear exam and having his hearing aids put on by a volunteer as a medical professional observes.
Special Olympics and Starkey Hearing Foundation Partnership Brings the Gift of Hearing to World Games Athletes.
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