Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
It's the mission of Special Olympics to show the world the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
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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These stories are about the power of Special Olympics to inspire hope, confidence and courage. Special Olympics changes lives through sport.
While his service footprint has been made throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Kester Edwards' inspiration comes from the hills of Tobago, a small island nestled in the southern Caribbean.
Athletes from St Kitts & Nevis, Cayman Islands and St Maarten took to the water in teams of four with each athlete swimming 1 kilometer of the 4-kilometer crossing.
We started downhill, and my son and Justin started carving ahead of us, and I had to stop to watch.
I was at school and I heard my friend Harrison say the r-word when I told him not to say it he asked why.
Lee S Blakeman
I thought I was too old to play basketball as I am 56 years old but over the course of the season I learned differently.
My name is Matt. I'm a special olympics Virginia athlete from area eight. A couple of years ago, I met a student athlete from Linfield college in Oregon named Montana. Montana was a star pitcher for her team playing for NCAA division three women's softball in Salem, Virginia.
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.