50 Game Changers

ESPN and Special Olympics have teamed up on a year-long storytelling initiative telling the stories of game changers and game changing moments toward inclusion. Check back each week for a new story of inclusion.
Before he was an All-Star center for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, Andre Drummond faced bullying and rejection as a child.
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College students across the United States join forces with Special Olympics athletes to take on their rival schools in fierce, respectful competition.
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Ricardo Thornton survived the notorious Forest Haven institution (outside of Washington, DC), a place he describes as a prison for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Jamie Brewer has been breaking barriers in the world of entertainment ever since she landed her first role on the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series “American Horror Story”.
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Nell Coonen-Korte had no idea her passion for sport would inspire the creation of a global inclusive fitness model.
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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.
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La Casa de Carlota is a Barcelona-based design studio that hires artists with and without intellectual disabilities to create unique and innovative designs for products and services.
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NFL running back and Special Olympics Global Ambassador Jamaal Charles got his start in sports through Special Olympics and for years was nervous to share his story. In 2015, he courageously took the stage at World Games to reveal that he too was a Special Olympics athlete and #newrespect took Twitter by storm.
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As a refugee, Gerald faced harsh discrimination. It was the athletes he met through Unified Sports who were the first to accept him in his new home. Follow Gerald as he joins our athletes in the Inclusion Revolution!
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Emboldened by personal experiences as a child with an intellectual disability, Danielle Liebl emerged as an athlete and leader of the Special Olympics movement.
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