Special Olympics has competitions, programs and initiatives all around the world, every day of the year. Here's a look at what it's all about.
Rajah Diouri Sy
Rajah, que ejerce como voluntaria el rol de Directora Nacional de Olimpiadas Especiales Senegal, hizo que su programa creciera de 6 atletas a más de 3,000, a través de alianzas estratégicas con todos los sectores. ¡Conoce más sobre sus esfuerzos por cambiar las reglas del juego en Senegal!
Erika Ender, Grammy-Winning Composer & Singer
Though singer-songwriter Erika Ender has only been a Special Olympics Global Ambassador for two years, this Panama native has supported athletes at events globally.
Thank You for Building an Inclusive World
All month, Special Olympics is celebrating Champions of Inclusion—leaders who are building a more just and joyful world for all! It’s the perfect time for our athlete leaders to send a message to our Global Ambassadors and Champion Ambassadors, who work tirelessly year-round to champion respect for people of all abilities. We appreciate you!
Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Legend
As a Special Olympics Global Ambassador and member of Special Olympics Board of Directors, Dikembe Mutombo, NBA legend, has brought the movement to places it had never been. In his home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, he founded the Special Olympics Congo program and built four homes for people with intellectual disabilities.
Announcement: The Global Expansion of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®
On Monday, 21 July 2020, Special Olympics, Special Olympics announced the next phase of global expansion of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® (UCS)—one of the largest initiatives for inclusion in education for young people with and without intellectual disabilities—through the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.
Highlights from the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics Netherlands Unified Moves
Not even a global pandemic could stop Special Olympics Netherlands from having the time of their lives at their first ever online National Games: Unified Moves! Even though health concerns and quarantine restrictions forced the team to cancel the traditional event, Special Olympics Netherlands and Coca-Cola welcomed everyone to join a brilliant online event from the safety of their own homes!
Philippines athlete "AJ" was living alone, malnourished, without care or supervision in an abandoned home during the quarantine lockdown; a Special Olympics staffer tracks him down, saving him…just in time. Read more about AJ's story.
"Inclusion Can Never Be a Bad Thing"
No one expected Deran’s inspirational role model to be someone with intellectual disabilities,especially Deran. See how he’s become a force for inclusion!
Macy's Story
When Macy was diagnosed with Down syndrome, Special Olympics brought her family hope in a moment of hopelessness. You can do the same for another athlete with intellectual disabilities. Give Now:
Role Model for Inclusion: Meet Steven
When COVID-19 hit, Steven was on the ‘front lines,’ making sure his community had everything they needed: taking on not just one job—but two (at a grocery AND at a retail superstore)! Read more about Steven's story.