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More than 50 years ago, Special Olympics launched a global movement to break down barriers and end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities.

Since then, this peaceful revolution has been changing lives all around the world. Join "The Revolution Is Inclusion"—and be part of a powerful new generation that celebrates all differences, all abilities!

Sign the Inclusion Pledge now—then share with your friends, family, everyone!

Inclusion In Action

How Does Inclusion Help?

Inclusion helps everyone--in so many ways. It helps stop bullying & brings people together. Join athletes around the world by taking the Inclusion Pledge!

What Inclusion Means to Me

Haseeb Abbasi of Pakistan says including people of all abilities simply makes the world a better place.

What Does Inclusion Mean?

Young people with intellectual disabilities know the pain of isolation. All they need is be treated equally—and they will shine.

Sport Unites

Every day, Special Olympics athletes prove how sport unifies. Join us in celebrating the inclusive power of sports!

Inclusion Works!

KEEPING A GREAT JOB—Work Lesson from Michel

Michel needed a job to support his mother and siblings. He had some skills, but needed to learn a lot more to become a versatile auto mechanic. He also needed to adapt to working and communicating with a variety of people. The discipline he learned through team sports also helped. Thanks to his hard work, Michel is now a valued employee, as this brief glimpse shows.

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS—Work Lesson from Lily

From the very start, Lily had big dreams—and determination! She’s a trail-blazing young talent, who also happens to have Down syndrome. Still in her teens, she’s become a popular model & actress, most recently appearing on the Netflix series, “Never Have I Ever.” Here, she shares some tips for anyone else determined to follow their dreams.

PROVING YOURSELF—Life Lesson from Youssef

Youssef saw his friends beaten and bullied, then he was beaten and bullied—all because they have intellectual disabilities. Instead of giving up, he became determined to show the world that people with ID can do anything ”if only we are given the chance.” In his own words, he inspires us to grab every opportunity to succeed, because “we are ALL able.”

COPING WITH ADVERSITY—Life Lesson from Novie

Novie had a rough start, abandoned at birth in an inner-city hospital. Then Kelly stopped by her crib—and adopted Novie soon after. They’ve been together ever since! When Kelly fell seriously ill last year, landing her in the ICU before Christmas, Novie didn’t know how to cope. Here, she shares how she handled the crisis.

Role Model for Inclusion: Meet Steven

When COVID-19 hit, Steven was on the ‘front lines,’ making sure his community had everything they needed: taking on not just one job—but two (at a grocery AND at a retail superstore)! Read more about Steven's story.

"Inclusion Can Never Be a Bad Thing"

No one expected Deran’s inspirational role model to be someone with intellectual disabilities,especially Deran. See how he’s become a force for inclusion!

The Beginning of Hope

After seeing the impact of inclusion in their own lives, Catherine & Claude are ready to push for change in their homeland, Cameroon: “One day the world will be educated and accept people with disabilities… It will one day come.”

Let Us Shine

Champion athlete/snowboarder Daina’s powerful testimony inspires: why is inclusion not just important—but essential? You’ll see why she’s a Champion FOR Inclusion.

Healthcare for All

Over 80% of healthcare providers are not professionally trained to treat people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Yet, people with ID are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. Learn More!

Joyce’s Story

In Africa and elsewhere, Special Olympics conducts crucial outreach to help spread understanding about people with intellectual disabilities. This overcomes harsh stigma and brings new awareness among caregivers and others working with this vulnerable population. Here's just a glimpse into how this has brought new hope to Joyce, a young girl in Uganda.

Special Olympics: 50 Game Changers

ESPN and Special Olympics have teamed up on a year-long storytelling initiative telling the stories of game changing moments toward inclusion.

Dr. Steven Perlman

In the 1990s, Dr. Steve Perlman and Eunice Kennedy Shriver met to discuss the lack of access to health care for people with intellectual disabilities, who were often denied treatment.

Ben and Nell

Nell Coonen-Korte had no idea her passion for sport would inspire the creation of a global inclusive fitness model.

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Athletes give advice to future Special Olympics athletes

“Keep trying, keep pushing and give it your all. It’s the best you could do for yourself and your team.”

MSD students shine during Special Olympics

Over 20 students from both Malvern Middle School and Malvern High School attended the Area 10 Special Olympics Track and Field hosted at Lakeside High School on Thursday, April 18.

NFHS, Special Olympics partner to launch new unified sports course

Special Olympics Unified Sports® has created the “Administering Interscholastic Unified Sports” course, available now for free on the NFHS Learning Center (

Special Olympics uses sport to promote inclusive education

In line with the 2024 theme of 'Sport for the Promotion of Peaceful and Inclusive Societies,' Special Olympics promotes inclusivity. 

Louisiana Special Olympics athlete celebrates the comradery born through competition at this year's summer games

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Miles City Bandits build lifelong friendships through Special Olympics

Last year the youth team was recognized as the program of the year, and the adult team followed suit this year with Brooke Hollowell also garnering coach of the year.
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12-year-old Auburn gymnast defying limits, gravity at Special Olympics

There’s a local gymnast who can defy gravity, but it was her ability to defy all odds that makes her really outstanding.

Local RADD athletes bring home Special Olympics medals

Athletes from the Pleasanton-based T-RADD program earned a slew of medals during the Special Olympics regional basketball tournament played at local schools last month.

World Down Syndrome Day 2024 - Special Olympics Senegal Director Rajah Sy: ‘Inclusion is our keyword’

Breaking down barriers and promoting inclusion through sports has been a goal for almost 20 years since joining Special Olympics Senegal.

How Unified Basketball Tournament impacted lives—for athletes and volunteers alike

The Special Olympics Unified Sports program is growing, and those involved couldn’t be happier.

Jesús Luzardo volunteers with Special Olympics

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Special Olympics program provides health care, education for athletes

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Polar Plunge celebrates 25 years of helping Special Olympics

The Polar Plunge, celebrating its 25th anniversary, challenges Hoosiers to take an icy dip to support local athletes with special needs.

Canadian swimmer sees mentoring role after winning Special Olympics gold

Now that his team has won gold for Canada in the pool at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games, Tyler says he would like to someday help younger athletes as a coach.

I was ashamed of my disabilities. Then my parents insisted I compete in the Special Olympics

I was 11 when my parents gave me a choice: I could quit figure skating or transfer to a new club that had a program for people with disabilities.

Dad discovers joy of coaching Special Olympians

Larry Robbins says he's usually the "loudest one in the arena" when cheering for Team P.E.I.'s Special Olympians.