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We have more than 5.3 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and unified partners around the world.
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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The Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" never goes out. Every day, somewhere around the world, Special Olympics athletes are training and competing.
Our national games bring together athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities. The events are open to the public, and we encourage everyone to come out and cheer. The athletes will compete in tennis, table tennis, swimming, volleyball, gymnastics, athletics and cycling.
For four days, this event will bring together over 1000 athletes and coaches from all over France as well as 100 volunteers and a dozen partners. This major event will allow Special Olympics France athletes to participate in six sports (athletics, motorsports, judo, petanque, 7-a-side football and basketball ) and various discovery activities associating students and school children in the city. Healthy Athletes screenings will also be offered to athletes.
The 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games is taking place in Medicine Hat from July 7 to 9. Medicine Hat will host the largest Provincial Summer Games with over 1,200 athletes and coaches from across the province. Athletes will compete in 11 summer sports: 5 and 10 pin bowling, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball and swimming.
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From the 10-12 July 2017, the Special Olympics Nordrhein-Westfalen Regional Games will be hosted in Neuss near the river Rhine. About 1000 athletes are expected to compete in 12 different of sports (athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf, judo, roller skating, swimming, and table tennis). There will also be a big opening ceremony, 4 healthy athletes disciplines (Fit Feet, Health Promotion, Fun Fitness and Strong Minds) and MATP. It will be lots of fun! So, if you are nearby, come around and enjoy the games with us!
Join us July 10-13 in Atlanta, Georgia as athletes across the state compete in Athletics and Bocce competition.
The Provincial Summer Games will feature athletics, soccer, softball, golf and bocce. With almost 800 athletes along with, coaches, staff and spectators, supported by over 600 community volunteers!
The next Special Olympics Great Britain’s National Summer Games is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities of 2017.
As our flagship event, it is held every 4 years and represents a huge opportunity to showcase the abilities of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to compete at a national level, experience the personal achievement this brings, as well as enable them to make friends, travel and socialise.