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Special Olympics

How Sports Can Break Down Barriers of Exclusion

Kim Samuel | Posted 08.04.2015 | 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.

Missing Special Olympics Athlete Turns Up 350 Miles Away

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 08.03.2015 | Sports

LOS ANGELES — An Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles turned up safe early Monday 350 miles away in the Sa...

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

Mark Tewksbury | Posted 07.31.2015 | 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

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Striking Photos Of The Life-Changing Special Olympics Clinic

AP | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.30.2015 | 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 07.28.2015 | 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 07.27.2015 | 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 ...

Carrying the Torch for Inclusion, After the Games Are Over

Torrie Dunlap | Posted 07.22.2015 | 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 07.08.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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.

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

A Special Needs Mom's Letter to Steve Harvey

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Sonia Smith-Kang

Did you hear the one about a mom of a special needs daughter listening to one of her favorite comedians making a tasteless joke about a special needs person?

My Kid Is Too Special for Special Olympics

Kate Welch | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Kate Welch

Eighty degrees is the cutoff for Caleb. His IEP clearly states that at that temperature or higher, he can only be outside for 10 minutes and even then he needs to be monitored. I'm thinking as I write this that Caleb may have crossed the line from having special needs to being medically fragile.

Adults Need to Take the Pledge to Not Say the R-Word Too

Andrea Bradley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Andrea Bradley

As children, we heard the R-word all the time -- on the playground, on the bus, even coming out of our own mouths. Even as adults we hear the R-word being used in so-called polite company.

It's Time to Stop Saying the R-Word, and Everyone Needs to Play a Part

Todd Youngblood | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Todd Youngblood

These amazing athletes are the ones that educate our community each day so that the "r-word" is not accepted.

Spread This: Be Good to People With Intellectual Disabilities

Soeren Palumbo | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Soeren Palumbo

If you want to join us in building a world of respect and connectedness, then your directive is clear and simple: be good to people with intellectual disabilities.

We Took a Stand Against the R-Word and Changed the Face of Our High School

Tanealya Hueth | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Tanealya Hueth

We decided to take a stand to make our school a more inclusive and welcoming place. To do so, we believed our school needed to stop using the R-word.

The Only R-word in Our Dictionary is RESPECT

Mary Ellen Powers | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Mary Ellen Powers

According to some of my friends who are athletes in Special Olympics, when they hear the word 'retard' being used in that context, they feel hurt, anger, sadness, disgust -- and I even heard "It's like a knife cutting into my heart."

Benched: Why We All Lose When Kids With Disabilities Are Shut Out of Sports

Lara Stolman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Lara Stolman

It's hard enough for a typical child to keep up with the hyper-competitive scene that is youth sports today. But if your child has autism, he or she can barely get into the game from the get go.

Special Olympic Athlete Inspires All With His Triumphant Story

HooplaHa | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
HooplaHa

This week's Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment is about a boy who inspires through his participation in the Special Olympics. Ian Shepherd participates in the Special Olympics not only for himself but to help inspire and teach other athletes.

You Just Have to Chase Your Dreams

Norm Nixon | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Norm Nixon

The journey to get here and compete is your first victory. And if you do compete and do the best that you can do, whenever you cross the finish line, you will be a champion.

I Knew In My Heart I Could Do It

Michelle Core | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Michelle Core

I wake up every morning appreciating my life today. I'm doing a little bit of everything that I never thought I could do, and that people said I never could.

Any One of Us Can Chase an Impossible Dream

Diana Nyad | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Diana Nyad

When I stood on the Havana shore for the fifth time and looked out at the faraway horizon, to be honest, I was intimidated.

The Doctors Were Wrong

Lucy Meyer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Lucy Meyer

I was born with cerebral palsy because I did not get oxygen for five minutes at birth. When I was just a few days old, the doctors told my parents that there was a very good chance that I would never sit up or swallow. The doctors were wrong.

Chasing an Impossible Dream

Jim Abbott | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Jim Abbott

Like every kid, I had a dream growing up. Mine was to be a baseball player. To many around me, because of my right arm, it was an impossible dream.