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Special Olympics has its games, programs and initiatives all around the world. These stories, told in words, videos and slideshows, show you what it's all about.

شعبان 07, 1433

Europeans Most Open to Those with Intellectual Disabilities Education may play a role in receptivity

Gallup surveys in 112 countries in 2010 show people's perceptions of how receptiveGallup surveys in 112 countries in 2010 show people's perceptions of how receptive their communities are to those with intellectual disabilities vary worldwide. More than half of adults (55%) with an opinion on the matter say the city or area where they live is a good place for people with intellectual disabilities. Perceived receptivity is highest in Europe, where 80% say their communities are good for people with intellectual disabilities, and lowest in the former Soviet Union (47%) and Asia (46%). their communities are to those with intellectual disabilities vary worldwide.

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رمضان 23, 1432

Special Olympics' New Global Ambassador Leads By Example

His is a tale that appeals to many people -- the story of a physically awkward kid who struggled with learning and behavior problems; but overcame them all to become one of the greatest swimmers of all time. But for Special Olympics athletes, the Michael Phelps story has an added meaning: he's living proof that determination can lead to skill and that skill can lead to triumph.

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رمضان 01, 1432

Volunteer with Healthy Athletes

Join the more than 90,000 health care providers and students worldwide who have volunteered with the Healthy Athletes program and changed the life of a person with intellectual disabilities. They came to help, but they discovered the experience helped them too, and in many cases, changed their lives.

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رجب 29, 1432

Open Water Swimming Makes Big Splash in Athens

In the latest effort to provide a meaningful and competitive opportunity for swimmers seeking a greater challenge, the Special Olympics World Summer Games held the first-ever open water swimming event July 1, 2011. It was a 1500-meter demonstration event in the Aegean Sea near Athens, Greece. Thirty-five Special Olympics athletes took part.

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رجب 29, 1432

A Swimmer's Quest to Defy Expectations

Melissa, a 28-year-old swimmer from the Matanuska Valley in Alaska, has spent much of 2011 training toward her goal of getting “all golds” at her first World Games. A swimmer from Alaska may seem a bit unusual, but Melissa makes a habit of defying expectations.

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رجب 26, 1432

Fan Festival: Europe Eurasia

The Fan Festival at Oaka this week focused on countries in Europe and Eurasia.

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رجب 24, 1432

2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

On the first day of competition at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, the inaugural Unity Sports Events also began throughout Athens, featuring celebrities, professional athletes and Special Olympics International Board Members competing alongside Special Olympics athletes in Tennis and Cycling.

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رجب 24, 1432

The Flame of Hope Returns to Athens

On the final day before the official start of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, the Flame of Hope® arrived in Athens after visiting 146 towns and communities throughout Greece during the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)®

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رجب 24, 1432

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Welcomes First Visitors to Healthy Athletes

Visitors like U.S. professional basketball player Yao Ming and partners such as UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and Past International Lions Club Director Ernst A. Musil were on hand Sunday as Joanna Despotopoulou, President of the Games Organizing Committee, and Special Olympics COO Brady Lum officially opened the Healthy Athletes venue. Following the ribbon cutting, athletes from Senegal, Puerto Rico, and Malta were among the first to receive free health screenings in six health disciplines.

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رجب 24, 1432

Special Olympics Signs Sports Proclamations with the International Federations for Volleyball, Softball and Tenpin Bowling

A legacy of the 2011 Special Olympics World Games will be their contribution to advancing the sports experience and quality training for Special Olympics athletes.

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رجب 23, 1432

Special Olympics and Hilton Worldwide Announce New Global Partnership

Special Olympics and Hilton Worldwide announced a new global partnership Friday in which Hilton was declared the official hotel sponsor of the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011 in Athens, Greece.

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رجب 22, 1432

Host Towns Program Unifies Athletes, Coaches and the People of Greece

During the four days prior to the start of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, thousands of athletes and coaches from around the world are scattered throughout Greece, visiting local communities and experiencing the warmth and hospitality of the Greek people.

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رجب 22, 1432

2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games Opening Ceremony Speech

Tim Shriver Opens the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athns.

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جمادى الثانية 28, 1432

SOOPA encourages Special Olympics athletes to become Certified Oficials

The Special Olympics Officials Program for Athletes (SOOPA) encourages Special Olympics athletes who have mastered a sport to become certified officials. Just as a retired professional athlete might eventually become an official in his or her sport, the Special Olympics Officials Programs for Athletes enables Special Olympics athletes to do the same.

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جمادى الثانية 28, 1432

World Games: Unity Sports Preview

Unity Sports is an exciting, new element of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games.  Special Olympics athletes will join fans, supporters and sports celebrities on the field of play for a series of competitions in 21 different sports.

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جمادى الثانية 28, 1432

Brother-Sister Youth Partners

Sarah and Ben are not just siblings, they’re a team. In June, they head to the Global Youth Activation Summit in Athens from Colorado, where they lead Project Unify® at their school and are working to expand youth involvement in Special Olympics Colorado.

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جمادى الثانية 09, 1432

Special Olympics Hellas and Coca-Cola Celebrate the 2011 World Summer Games

Coca-Cola hosted a special art auction on May 9th to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Hellas as they compete in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.

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جمادى الأولى 27, 1432

Merging Sports and Health within the Special Olympics Movement

When I ask athletes, families, and coaches about the benefits of participation in Special Olympics, I often hear responses that speak to issues of improved self-esteem and social skills, formation of friendships, experiencing of joy and acceptance, enjoyment of competition and of winning, and the satisfaction in being athletes and demonstrating their abilities like everyone else.

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جمادى الأولى 16, 1432

عالم من الفرص

صرح الأطباء بأن لاني "لن تحقق أي شيء. وقالت أنها تتحدى توقعاتهم الهزيلة كل يوم. وهي خبيرة في الجمباز وتقود على سابق أمثلة وتقدم النصح للأبطال الآخرين.

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صفر 01, 1432

2011 People's Choice Awards

Special Olympics was proud to be the official charitable partner of the 2011 People’s Choice Awards broadcast on 5 January. Longtime Special Olympics Global Ambassador and actress Vanessa Williams presented a segment devoted to Special Olympics.

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رمضان 07, 1431

Special Olympics Helps Athlete Lose 150 lbs to Win Gold

Special Olympics rhythmic gymnast Sara Abbott is accustomed to beating the odds. When she was an infant, doctors said she would never walk or talk; she was not supposed to live past the age of 30; and three years ago, she weighed well over 300 pounds.

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صفر 17, 1431

SRAC Business Meeting is a Success

The International Sports Rules Advisory Committee conducted its business meeting November 18-20 at Special Olympics Massachusetts – The Yawkey Sports Training Center in Marlborough.

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Now, thanks to Microsoft, athletes, coaches and families will have rapid access to useful information about their scores, times, personal bests, fitness and health. Special Olympics can use this capability to dramatically improve the lives of people in our Movement.  read more »

Posted on 2014-10-27 by Janet

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