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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.

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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CBS Sports Radio Interviews Special Olympics Chief Health Officer about the Benefits of Sports for All

CBS Sports Radio host, JR Jackson spoke to Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Special Olympics Chief Health Officer about the benefits of sports, fitness and movement for people of all ages and abilities.
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Inclusion Revolution Radio Welcomes Jennifer Hansen and Dr. Mercy Ng’eno of Special Olympics Young Athletes

Jennifer Hansen has worked for Special Olympics for over 10 years in multiple roles and now works as the Senior Manager of Young Athletes. Dr. Mercy Ng’eno is a consultant for Special Olympics and a pediatric cardiologist.
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World Down Syndrome Day: Hadbaa’s Journey

Read about Hadbaa’s story joining Special Olympics Singapore in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.
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