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ESPN

ESPN and Special Olympics have teamed up to unite people with and without intellectual disabilities through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program. 

Worldwide Support for Unified Sports

The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and Special Olympics have teamed up to unite people with and without intellectual disabilities through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program.  Learn more about the program.

ESPN has served as the Global Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports since2013, supporting the growth and expansion of this program that empowers individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to engage through the power of sports.

ESPN committed to help provide support and resources on the road to Special Olympics' goal of doubling the number of participants in inclusive sports.  At that time just over 500,000 global participants participated in Unified Sports. Thanks to recent growth and awareness, now over 600,000 Special Olympics athletes and over 650,000 of their teammates have registered to participate in Unified Sports globally!

With more than 1.2 million global participants, ESPN recently committed to continue and expand their more than 30-year commitment to Special Olympics.

ESPN Also Provides Multi-Year Global Programming Agreement

ESPN and Special Olympics have committed to continuing their alliance to leverage the power of sports to promote social inclusion and acceptance by also reaching a three-year global programming agreement. The new agreement will see ESPN continue as an Official Broadcaster of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, and the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games, as well as providing additional news and feature coverage of other Special Olympics events, athletes and stories over the course of the three year agreement. The agreement follows  coverage and programming around the LA2015 Special Olympics World Games last July.

Added John Skipper, ESPN President and co-Chair of Disney Media Networks, "Over the past three years, ESPN has deepened a long-standing relationship with the Special Olympics movement. Through our support of Unified Sports and our coverage of remarkable Special Olympics events and athletes, we’ve been reminded of the profound impact sport can have and inspired by the incredible moments and stories we’ve brought to millions of fans. Inclusion and acceptance are values we believe in, and we are both proud and excited to continue working with Special Olympics in the coming years."