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 5.6 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and unified partners 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.
All adults and children with intellectual disabilities can become Special Olympics athletes. Here's how.
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My name is Alex Berg and I am an avid bowler. I have been bowling since I was 6 years old. I participate in a weekly league in northern NJ every weekend and for the past few years I have started to bowl in the NJ Junior Bowling and PJBT bowling tournaments. Last April 2017, I decided for my Bar
Dr. Clement Chileshe
Let's make an effort to remove ugly phrases from our language and discourage those who use those words in a derogatory manner from doing so.
I had a dear friend with special needs. When I first met her I didn't know what to think of her.
Darren Paul Wilkinson
Special Olympics came to Sheffield, England and I was fortunate to be chosen as a volunteer. I have witnessed over the last 4 days things that brought a grown man to his knees.
Inge De Rouck
My experiences have reinforced my pledge to never use the R word and to discourage those around me from ever using it.
My names is Doug. I am the morale building coach of the Red Bandits of Summit, NJ.
My inspiration is a group of special ed kids that I work with at my Middle school. They are often made fun of on the bus and come home upset. I would like this word to be prevented because it is not a friendly thing to say to people.
Every person in the world deserves a little kindness shown toward them.
Needless to say I was extremely alarmed when one of the state agencies I started working with had the account under: Department of M R.!!??
My brother was born in the year 1947 in a time when a child with Down syndrome was labeled as a retard or retarded!
Here is my story. Positive upbeat children. So amazing but hearing the r word is not okay.
Our lives should be focused on the empowerment of all humanity.
Coming from a family of compassion, I had the opportunity of learning that what sets us all apart is what makes life beautiful.