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Young Athletes

Special Olympics Young Athletes, a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old, offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.

The UPS Foundation Progresses Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities with US $92K Grant to Special Olympics in Asia

In a world where the need for inclusion is increasingly urgent, The UPS Foundation has pledged US$92K to support Special Olympics Young Athletes programming.
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Advancing Inclusive Education in Kosovo with Unified Sports Opportunities

Special Olympics Global Leadership Coalition for Inclusion welcomes Kosovo at signing ceremony in Pristina
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Higher ‘Happiness Levels’ and Self-Confidence among Outcomes as Three-Year Sport Initiative Nears Finish

More than 5,000 children with intellectual disabilities have seen an improvement in their overall happiness, motor and social skills as a result of the EEA and Norway Grants-funded project.
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Basketball in Iceland: From Lay Ups to Lifelong Friendships That Turned into Family

In a small country with a population of less than 400,000 people, there is a family with 32 children. They hang out together, hold pizza parties, chat, laugh, but most of all, they play basketball.
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Coach Webinar Series 2023, presented by Gallagher. Webinar 2 – Coaching Youth Athletes

A recap of week 1 of the 2023 Coach Webinar Series, presented by Gallagher.
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Special Olympics Addresses Need for Early Healthcare Intervention in Light of New Study from CDC

Special Olympics Addresses Need for Early Healthcare Intervention in Light of New Study from CDC
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Berlin Together Daily Show: Episode Four

Daniel sits down with Claudia Southwell— Sports Development Coordinator with Special Olympics Activity Zone; LOC at a Young Athletes demonstration. Check it out!

Developing Young Athletes in Montenegro: Zana and Biljana’s Story

Two kindergarten teachers in Montenegro are showing the benefits of the Young Athletes program in their community.
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Navigating Your Child’s Intellectual Disability Diagnosis

“It’s important to recognize that they may not accomplish growth or success in the same manner as many do, but our differently abled children will still accomplish remarkable milestones and pursue life goals!”
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Leading through Action in Kenya: Boniface’s Story

A Special Olympics Kenya athlete shares his journey with Special Olympics and why he's so passionate about improving the lives of people of all abilities in his community.
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