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.
Milton Rosen, a Special Olympics athlete, formed a close bond with Dwayne Johnson during their childhood. As Rosen and Johnson continued to push each other to reach the top of their game, Rosen established himself as a powerlifting legend with Special Olympics Florida—and as a Game Changer in the lives of some of the world’s greatest athletes.
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People with intellectual disabilities are changing hearts and minds in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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In 2010, President Barack Obama signed “Rosa’s Law” which changed “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability” in US federal law. Inspired by nine year-old Rosa Marcellino, the law was a key component in the groundswell of advocacy efforts promoting inclusive, people first-language for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Malachie was found in a dark room, chained to a pole in a Tanzanian refugee camp. His life was changed when he was brought out of isolation and introduced to Special Olympics Unified Sports.
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Hannah and Daina found common ground through their passion for snowboarding and continue to grow their bond as they advocate for inclusion within the sport.
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For Bree Bogucki, growing up was anything but easy. She grew up isolated, locking herself in her room. At nine-years-old, Bree was introduced to sports and her life was changed forever.
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Unified Sports was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding for athletes with and without intellectual disabilities.
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Located in Denver, Colorado lies a restaurant where customers pay for delicious slices of pizza but life lessons about awareness and inclusion come free of charge. Pizzability is a restaurant where everyone is welcome and individuals of all abilities can sit back and enjoy a meal.
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