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Our mission at Special Olympics is to help others find joy, confidence and fulfillment—no matter who they are. We seek to inspire people to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

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From kids to communities, see inspirational examples of how inclusion is taking root, and leading to real change, both at home and around the world.

Bowling Green Special Olympics takes over Diddle Arena

The first ever Bowling Green Special Olympics “Diddle Takeover” was in full force today.

SOSA Athlete leader, Rofhiwa Manwadu, a Champion of Inclusion

Rofhiwa Manwadu, a 39-year-old multi-medalist winning Special Olympics athlete from Vhembe, is a well-traveled man whose track record surely attests that hard work pays off.
Shared by Nomthandazo Dladla

Unified Track Joins the Special Olympics Movement

The first Special Olympics season has arrived for the Warriors, and 13 students are headed to compete.
Shared by Alexa Viands

UMD & SOMD Team up to Promote Inclusion on Campus

On May 7, a University of Maryland student group teamed up with Special Olympics Maryland athlete leaders in an effort to promote inclusion on campus.
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Clarksville Police to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes

Clarksville Police Department announced Friday they will partner with Special Olympics Tennessee to host a fundraiser event.
Shared by Denise Absher

Unified Sports, Special Olympics step up for people with intellectual disabilities

Unified Sports, a program established through Special Olympics, puts people with intellectual disabilities and those without on teams together to promote social inclusion and mutual respect.
Shared by Eric Leclerc

Special Olympics Michigan hosts Super Polar Plunge to raise money

Special Olympics Michigan is hoping to raise more than $1 million this year at events across the state.
Shared by Nikki Villaneuva

Support Special Olympics through Tip-a-Cop fundraiser at Strawberry Alley Ale Works

On Jan. 28, officers from Clarksville Police Department, in conjunction with Special Olympics Tennessee will be hosting a “Tip A Cop” event at Strawberry Alley Ale Works (103 Strawberry Alley).
Shared by Brian Gresham

BE BRAVE: Special Olympics X Parsons

In January of 2020, a new course was introduced into the Parsons School of Design curriculum in partnership with Special Olympics. It was initiated through a connection with Special Olympics board member and fashion model Natalia Vodianova, and offered students the opportunity to create designs for Special Olympics athletes.

PSU receives grant to study Special Olympics Athletes

Pittsburg State University gets a grant to study Special Olympics Athletes. A $29,000 grant from Special Olympics North America will fund a research project involving 140 athletes across Kansas. That includes in Pittsburg and Parsons.
Shared by Brian Gresham

First person with Down’s Syndrome to finish an IRONMAN®: Chris Nikic’s story

Chris Nikic (USA) has these qualities by the bucket load. On 7 November 2020, at Panama City Beach, Florida, USA, Chris became the first person with Down's syndrome to complete an IRONMAN® triathlon.

Elisabeth Röhm on giving her teen daughter space: 'I've had to learn to stop being a hoverer parent'

The star—whose acting credits include Angel, Law & Order, American Hustle and the just-released Notorious Nick—is also embracing her new role as a celebrity supporter for Special Olympics.

How Special Olympics tackled emotional well-being worldwide amidst a global pandemic

With the isolation and anxiety of a global COVID pandemic, Special Olympics has been working harder than ever to ensure the emotional well-being of its athletes.

Special Olympics Begin Inclusive Esports Initiative

Special Olympics has announced plans to partner with Microsoft in the launch of its inaugural esports event, Gaming for Inclusion.

Drew McIntyre on Working With Special Olympics: ‘The Positivity and Enthusiasm Has Changed My Life’

The former WWE champion discusses his new ambassador role and his quest for another title.

How Special Olympics' Fit 5 Program Motivated me to Make Healthier Choices

As a passionate athlete, I can often be found practicing or competing at Special Olympics events or teaching others about health.
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Special Olympics Hawaii Brings the Christmas Cheer Virtually

In the season of giving thanks, Special Olympics Hawaii is doing something new to raise money, and support local athletes this year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shared by Jason Smith

Spearfish PD participate in “No Shave November” to raise money for Special Olympics South Dakota

“No Shave November” is an awareness campaign during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversations and raise awareness for cancer, along with a multitude of health issues and suicide prevention.
Shared by Rebecca Delavine

Highland Receiving National Banner For Unified Sports

Special Olympics Connecticut has announced that Highland School, a Special Olympics Unified Champion School, is receiving national banner recognition for its efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities.
Shared by Brian Gresham
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