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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.
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.
A Special Olympics athlete took part in the signing of an agreement between Special Olympics and the International Volleyball Federation.
Marquis Antwan Garner
Whenever Keshaun Tillman competes in athletics, bocce, basketball and cycling, he recognizes the significance of encouraging his peers.
Some years ago my youngest daughter (age 4) was asked "what's the matter with him?" about her brother's best friend.
Jude and Paula Bernard
I often run into people who don't understand why officers carrying a torch through their hometown is such a big deal. One boy does.
By Gina Warren
She was born with many challenges. But Alicen has accomplished far more than anyone expected her to when she was born.