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.
Hannah and Daina
Hannah and Daina’s friendship exemplifies the benefits of Unified Sports. They found common ground through their passion for snowboarding and continue to grow their bond as they advocate for inclusion within the sport. In 2013, through Hannah’s vision, they competed in the first ever Unified Dual Slalom at X Games and have become the face of the event, promoting it and stewarding professional athletes to participate year after year.
Khadija Sy
Khadija is a role model, health volunteer and public speaker from Senegal. She’s also a Special Olympics athlete who has competed in both the 2011 World Games in Athens and the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.
Brittany Tagliareni
Brittany didn't say her first word until she was 6; but these days, she communicates power and assurance—through sports.
Two people illustrating artistic visual notes on a large drawing board.
In March 2019, our Global Youth Leadership Summit will bring together unified young leaders of the Special Olympics movement to mold a new world.
Bree Bogucki on the field in her track suit for an interview.
For Bree Bogucki, growing up was anything but easy. She grew up isolated, locking herself in her room. At nine-years-old, Bree was introduced to sports and her life was changed forever.
Rabah: "Every Day Is a Feast"
Rabah Kino of Lebanon is a multisport Special Olympics athlete who shatters expectations about people with intellectual disabilities, every single day. These days, he's competing in summer sports at the 2018 Middle East/North Africa Games in Abu Dhabi. But he got his start as a Special Olympics champion in winter sports—as this joyful video shows.
Unified Sports
Unified Sports was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding for athletes with and without intellectual disabilities.
Loretta Claiborne holding her gold medals in front of the American flag.
Loretta Claiborne went from being non-verbal to becoming the voice of the Special Olympics movement.
A Very Special Christmas - Featured Artist List
The holiday album series A Very Special Christmas is the most successful benefit recording in music history! Learn more about its impact here.