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Special Olympics

Heartwarming Special Olympics Ad Has Everyone In Tears

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.14.2017 | Parents

A beautiful ad from the Special Olympics is highlighting the power of sibling bonds. Titled “Born Apart,” the one-minute video tells the story of ...

Arnold Schwarzenegger Shuts Down Troll For Mocking Special Olympics

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 03.25.2017 | Entertainment

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger expertly schooled an internet troll who mocked athletes with intellectual disabilities at the Special Olympics World Winte...

Where Is the Love? Building Belonging in an Age of Divisiveness

Kim Samuel | Posted 01.26.2017 | Impact
Kim Samuel

There were many memorable moments at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from speeches by global leaders like Chinese President Xi...

Ferrari Dream Ride for the Special Olympics

Supercar Advocates | Posted 12.12.2016 | Entertainment
Supercar Advocates

What a privilege, to wake up on a beautiful sunny morning, be able to grab the keys to a shinny red Ferrari, and make tracks towards your destination ...

Tips for Parents of Children With Disabilities Who Want Them To Succeed in School

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

As someone with a disability myself, and who also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities, I've become an advocate for my children on so many fronts, including their education. After all, when it comes to disability and inclusion, despite good intentions, many schools don't even know what they don't know.

Too Good For The Ivy League

Sara Harberson | Posted 06.28.2016 | College
Sara Harberson

With tens of thousands of students applying to every Ivy League college each year, getting in is about as likely as finding a golden ticket inside the wrapper of a chocolate bar.

The Victory In Bringing Our Best Selves Together For Social Change

Mary Davis | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Mary Davis

There are many challenges and problems in the world today that can also be met with great innovation and solution through collaborative efforts for true social change.

Heartwarming Special Olympics Ad Shows The Beauty Of Fatherhood

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents

As Father's Day approaches, it's the perfect time to celebrate dads and all the awesome ways they empower their kids. This Special Olympics ad produce...

The Other Side of Sport

David Evangelista | Posted 04.08.2017 | Impact
David Evangelista

The most marginalized groups across the world rely on this week to consistently reiterate that sport is so much more than kicking a ball, running a race, or scoring a basket. It is, for many Special Olympics athletes, the single opportunity to shed their labels and simply serve as a teammate, a position, an accepted part of the whole.

WATCH: Special Olympics 'Dream Team' Teaches Us Everyone's A Winner

HooplaHa | Posted 02.26.2017 | Good News

The Sound Shore Stars is a weekly Special Olympics training program. Comprised of athletes ranging from ages 22-46, the Dream Team trains to be the best they can be. One of these amazing athletes is the brother of one of the student producers of this video, Sara West. Her family has been involved in the Special Olympics for over two decades!

LeBron James Shows Respect To Special Olympics MVP During Game

The Huffington Post | Erick Fernandez | Posted 12.16.2015 | Sports

During the second quarter of Tuesday's Cleveland Cavaliers 89-77 win over the Boston Celtics, LeBron James took a minute to greet the hero of the game...

Tearing Down Barriers Through Television

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 12.10.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Culture plays a critical role in our society. It contributes to the values and ideals that define us, and what we desire to share with our families, f...

A Mother's Story

Astrid Moritz | Posted 12.03.2016 | Impact
Astrid Moritz

My son is no longer the "disabled son" taking part in sports. Sebastian is an athlete. He is part of a team of athletes, coaches and volunteers.

What Healthcare Can and Should be for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Ann Costello | Posted 09.28.2016 | Impact
Ann Costello

It is unacceptable that millions of people -- our most vulnerable citizens -- suffer from pain and debilitating illnesses that can be treated because they fall through the cracks and don't have access to basic healthcare, where they live, year-round.

Youth Summit is 'Overwhelming Indicator' of Bright Futures

Brooklyn Decker | Posted 09.25.2016 | Impact
Brooklyn Decker

One hundred and twenty young leaders from around the globe traveled to Los Angeles to take part in GenUin, a week-long summit to brainstorm, conceptualize, and present viable solutions to unify and improve lives.

With Gratitude to Rosemary Kennedy From the Mom of a Child With Special Needs

Kate Welch | Posted 09.09.2016 | Parents
Kate Welch

For decades, the media has focused on the Kennedy family's shame about Rosemary. It was alluded to in the article and in so many articles and television shows about her life. I would like to help refocus Rosemary's story into an impactful one that helped so many future babies, children and adults.

How Sports Can Break Down Barriers of Exclusion

Kim Samuel | Posted 08.04.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

Just as sports can create and reinforce a sense of belonging and purpose, so too it can be a pathway for recognition among peoples, and for breaking down the walls of preconception that prevent us from truly seeing one another.

The "Aha Moment" and What We Can Learn From the Special Olympics

Mark Tewksbury | Posted 07.31.2016 | Impact
Mark Tewksbury

There was a local Special Olympics swim meet happening in my city, and I was asked if I would come and give out medals. I didn't know very much about Special Olympics except that it provided sport programs to people with intellectual disabilities. I reluctantly accepted the invitation. I could have never imagined how this single act would change my life forever.

What Special Olympians Taught Timothy Shriver About Real Fun

OWN | Lynn Okura | Posted 07.31.2015 | OWN

As a young man, Timothy Shriver grew up watching his mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, change how society viewed children with disabilities. She founded...

Striking Photos Of The Life-Changing Special Olympics Clinic

AP | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.19.2016 | Healthy Living

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball. This week,...

Special Olympics Redefined My Concept of Sports, and Shattered a Few Assumptions Too

Colleen Haggerty | Posted 07.28.2016 | Sports
Colleen Haggerty

As an athlete my entire life, a true tomboy growing up, I thought I understood the draw of sports. But it wasn't until I spent a few days with Special Olympics athletes that I realized just how powerful -- and empowering -- sports can truly be.

Making Different Pay Off

David Sable | Posted 07.27.2016 | Impact
David Sable

Another summer ramble... I have been lucky to have experienced Super Bowls. I have been fortunate to have cheered at Olympic Opening Ceremonies. I ha...

Carrying the Torch for Inclusion, After the Games Are Over

Torrie Dunlap | Posted 07.22.2016 | Los Angeles
Torrie Dunlap

The Special Olympics World Games will, for a short period of time, make disability visible. But we should not be persuaded that this is what inclusion looks like, and should continue to fight for greater participation by students with disabilities in our schools, communities, and even our sports leagues.

Special Olympics Athletes Are Making History

Nadia Comaneci | Posted 07.08.2016 | Sports
Nadia Comaneci

Special Olympics athletes were told that they would never amount to anything and their families were encouraged to institutionalize them. Their victory is not only the result of the same hard work that all athletes put in, but also the courage to overcome obstacles many athletes do not face and redefine what is possible.

Being a Part of Special Olympics Has Been One of the Most Rewarding Experiences of My Life

Big Show | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Big Show

I'll be cheering these inspiring athletes on every step of the way and I encourage you to discover for yourself what I've come to know: that being a part of Special Olympics has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.