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The Special Olympics

Will You Make Time to Help Make a Difference in the World?

Cathy Chester | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact
Cathy Chester

Which cause will I choose in order to make a difference? I'm not quite sure. But whatever it may be you can be sure that it will be something I believe in.

Changing the Way the World Views People With Intellectual Disabilities

Brooklyn Decker | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Brooklyn Decker

My mom would always say there's a simple fix for making someone feel included and showing respect -- it's as easy as using a different word.

Reflecting on Inspirational Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Stephen M. Sweeney

The 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games have just concluded and I applaud all of the event organizers, volunteers, supporters, and especially the athletes, for making this an amazing event.

Youth Leaders Are Fighting for Social Justice and Inclusion Through Sports

Connor Moore | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Connor Moore

Special Olympics is the quintessential social justice movement. There was a problem -- people with intellectual disabilities were marginalized and treated unfairly -- and now there is a solution.

Special Olympian-Soccer Player Pair on What Makes Their Friendship Amazing

Olivia Marincov | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Olivia Marincov

Many years later, as we are about to go on our second trip to the Special Olympics USA Games, my teammates truly understand the game of soccer.

My Two Kids With Down Syndrome and I Found a Place to Be a "Typical" Family

Stephanie A. Pratico | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Stephanie A. Pratico

When my son and daughter were both born with Down syndrome, I knew the likelihood of receiving even one college acceptance letter may not be a reality. But the day John received his letter of acceptance from the Special Olympics I experienced the equivalent.

How I Chose a Path Full of Hope and Potential for My Intellectually Disabled Son

TJ Nelligan | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
TJ Nelligan

As a parent of a child with an intellectual disability, I have seen so many of my peers go down a road of despair and disappointment as they contemplate the future. The Special Olympics allowed me to choose a path filled with hope and potential.

For My Daughter With Cerebral Palsy, "Tolerance" Just Isn't Enough

Patrick McClenahan | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Patrick McClenahan

Through her tears, she spoke about her son's intellectual disability and explained that her husband will not accept him because of his condition, "because in my country, the belief is that we did something wrong ... our son's condition is a curse."

Julie Foudy: I'm Taking a Stand for My Friend Amy, Who Taught Me the Value of Different

Julie Foudy | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Julie Foudy

My experience as a woman in sports and my relationship with Amy have both taught me so much about seeing the value of different, whether or not society is ready to acknowledge or embrace it.

How I Found Acceptance and Inclusion Despite Having an Intellectual Disability

AJ Fry | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
AJ Fry

I have been involved in sports, like track, cross-country and soccer for a long time because I enjoy playing them. But when I was growing up, I never felt like part of any team or group. I always felt like a loser, just because I was different.

My Daughter With Down Syndrome Is so Beautiful I Decided the World Should See

Tara McCallan | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Tara McCallan

Differences are what gave me confidence when I had to proudly show her off with a feeding tube, tiny eye contacts, little baby glasses and eye patches.

Lauren Potter of Glee: Down Syndrome Couldn't Keep Me From Following My Dreams

Lauren Potter | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Lauren Potter

As a girl who has accomplished things that many didn't think were possible, I know that people can be wrong when they judge someone else just because they are different.

Let's Pledge to Respect People Like My Sister

Elena Delle Donne | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Elena Delle Donne

I had been blessed with gifts that the world recognized: height, agility, coordination and strength.

I Am the Person You Hurt When You Say the R-Word

John Franklin Stephens | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
John Franklin Stephens

You don't have to aim the word directly at me to hurt me and millions of others like me who live with an intellectual disability.

They Taught Us Words Are Powerless, and They Were Wrong

Tim Shriver | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Tim Shriver

We believe that young people -- empowered by a movement of their peers -- can change how we see and treat individuals with disabilities with their words, and then more.

The Word to Use for My Older Brother Is "Inspiring"

Hannah Teter | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Hannah Teter

The use of the "r-word" perpetuates the marginalization and exclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities that persist in society, and it cannot be tolerated.

What Really Happens When You Use the R-Word

John C. McGinley | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
John C. McGinley

When employing this specific language, the objective is to separate and distinguish the "user" from those being "used."

Speak Up With Jimmy: Michelle Kwan Speaks Up for Special Olympics (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Jimmy Nguyen

In this fourth and final part of my interview with Michelle Kwan, the figure skating icon talks about her work supporting the Special Olympics and speaking up for young people worldwide with intellectual disabilities.

This Teen's Incredible Voice Will Blow You Away (VIDEO)

Posted 07.02.2013 | Teen

Though she can't see the keys on her piano or the sea of spectators watching her belt out a flawless rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," vision i...

Their Revolution Still Awaits

Timothy P. Shriver | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Timothy P. Shriver

In the global Special Olympics family, we too are seeing the emergence of dynamic leaders who are all Special Olympics athletes. We think of them as leaders of a dignity revolution.Their goal is simple: advocate for full dignity and opportunity.

A Different Kind of Revolution

Amb. Luis Gallegos | Posted 08.31.2011 | Impact
Amb. Luis Gallegos

In the spirit of epic heroes, the people of Greece are standing in solidarity with those experiencing some of today's most insurmountable challenges -- lack of healthcare, nutrition, education, and employment, along with social exclusion, and marginalization.

Sargent Shriver, the Quiet Hero, 1915-2011

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Cavnar

This great generation of Kennedys and Shrivers served as an example to us all. Sarge was the last, and probably the most humble, but his life of quiet service shouted to us all.

Richard Corman: A Photographer's Look At The Special Olympics

Susan Sawyers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Sawyers

Since 1991, Corman has contributed his talent to the Special Olympics, documenting the passion and potential of the athletes.