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Special Olympics

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 04.07.2016 | 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 02.26.2016 | 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 12.10.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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 09.28.2015 | 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 09.25.2015 | 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 09.09.2015 | 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 08.04.2015 | 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.

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

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

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 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.

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

Jim Treacy | Posted 05.31.2016 | 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.