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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 over 4.7 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities around the world.
Our celebrity supporters are Olympians, professional athletes, social leaders, and movie and music stars.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Direction for our movement comes from leaders in government, entertainment, sports and business.
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I never was someone who openly said the r-word in order to shame or insult another human being. But I would occasionally laugh or join in with a joke.
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I am Sebastian Palmeri’s mother and I feel like the mother of a rock star. My son has become a real winner and this has only happened since we found out about Special Olympics.
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