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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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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.

Christian Gerro, Matthew Anderson named Recipients of Special Olympics Nova Scotia Provincial Awards

Two Antigonish County athletes have been named recipients of provincial awards by Special Olympics Nova Scotia.

Nashville SC’s selected players for Special Olympics Unified All Star Game

Nashville’s Chris Parks and Adam Ramírez have been named to the 2024 Special Olympics Unified Sports All Star Soccer Game on July 23 at Historic Crew Stadium.

Special Olympics Unified Sports® soccer players to compete in MLS All-Star week festivities

Major League Soccer (MLS) and Special Olympics today announced the rosters for the 9th annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Game

Mike Alstott hosts bowling party for Special Olympics and ‘Camp Redbird’

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott (and family) will hold a summer bowling party for Camp Redbird participants and athletes from Special Olympics Florida on Friday.

Making a Difference On and Off the Field: Overberg and her Journey with the Special Olympics

Senior captain, Elizabeth Overberg shares her story about her work with the Special Olympics

Special Olympics champion inspires Team GB ahead of Paris 2024

A Dundee-born swimmer has shared her life-changing experience of winning two Special Olympics World Games Gold medals at just 15 years old, as part of a Coca‑Cola campaign to inspire British Olympians competing in Paris this summer.

Potsdam man to compete at Special Olympics North American Softball Championship

Curt Walters, Class of 2014 at Potsdam Central School, is one of 15 intellectually impaired athletes who will compete from the The Pasco Stars softball team.

Williamsport man lights Torch of Hope at PA Special Olympics Summer Games

A Williamsport man who has been lighting a torch and directing the pathway for dozens of Special Olympics athletes over the years received recognition recently.

Ohio Special Olympics Recognizes Local Athletes

Local athletes Frank Chatfield, left, and Jacob Hawk, right, will be recognized at the opening ceremonies of the Ohio Special Olympics on June 28.

SCV Diva Sharks Earn Second Place Finish In Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

The Diva Sharks traveled to Long Beach for the Special Olympics Summer Games and left it all on the court in their pursuit for a gold medal.

The former teacher empowering the next generation of Special Olympics stars

Hollie Murphy has competed for her native Ireland and the United Arab Emirates, but her greatest sporting legacy may be yet to come.

Jamaal Charles on the Andy Reid system, his Special Olympics journey | Second Acts Podcast

Jamaal on his connection to the Special Olympics and now being a global ambassador

Special Olympics and Topgolf to Partner in New Inclusive Fundraiser on September 27

Golf fans of all abilities can register now for the Unified Fore Joy ProAm

Meet the 2024 Southwest Florida Special Olympics Player of the Year Finalists

Unified Sports have become a staple in Southwest Florida schools and to support their growth, The News-Press and Naples Daily News annually recognize our area's Special Olympic athletes.

Special Olympics Gold Medalist’s Story Inspires those Around Him

"He’s always been very strong — surprisingly strong," Nick’s father, Patrick Weldon said.

Super Senior: Larry Sherwood can't wait to compete in the Special Olympics

At the age of 76, Larry Sherwood is one of the oldest athletes competing, and he can hardly wait for the games to get underway.

Special Olympics are serious fun for Stevensville athlete Chris Zier

You can’t miss Chris Zier at the Missoula Diamondbacks golf practice.

Athlete's dream comes true when she's surprised with entry into Special Olympics USA Games

Lumene Montissol is ready to make her mark at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando.

Q&A with Jenny Phelps: Bringing community together for Special Olympics Scotland County

Border Belt Independent spoke with Phelps about her first time helping with the Special Olympics and the importance of having this event.