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These stories are about the power of Special Olympics to inspire hope, confidence and courage. Special Olympics changes lives through sport.
When my children were small, we had a neighbor who had, among other things, autism. Our kids grew up with him and just knew him as John.
If you find yourself struggling with the idea of showing persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities a little RESPECT, take the time to meet them.
Seven volunteers from Special Olympics Nevada have been recognized with the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award.
My story is really my brother's. He is the best example I can think of for what can be - and is - when we drop the negative descriptions.
I ask this of all those who hate difference: try living just one day in my sister's shoes.
I help out with these kids and they are not different, they are awesome people.
Nicholls State University women's soccer team hosted a soccer clinic with Special Olympics Louisiana.
At just 19 years old, Yasmin Neal of Forsyth County is already a seasoned Special Olympics athlete.
Terri "Maria" Ridgway
When I was a kid I used the r-word frequently even picking on kids that were different....that is until I met Tony.
My dad passed away in 2003, and no matter what the sport is I have his initials somewhere on my equipment..
As I got older I realized that people were unconsciously using the R-word...and I was not okay with that.
Special Olympics North Carolina athletes are getting on board the stand-up paddle boarding trend.
A couple of years ago, a little boy with Down syndrome came into my life. I fell in love with him from the start.