Watch the Opening Ceremony

ESPN will broadcast the Austria 2017 Opening Ceremony on 25 March.

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Special Olympics is Changing the World!
Every day, in more than 170 countries, Special Olympics sports are bringing together millions of people with intellectual disabilities, supporters and volunteers – creating a healthier, more respectful and welcoming world for all.
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Sports and So Much More
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new skills and success. With 94,000 events each year – plus Athlete Leadership, Health programs and Unified Sports -- our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment on the playing field and in life.
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Improving Athlete Health
Special Olympics is opening doors to better health care for people with intellectual disabilities, who face stigma and often lack access to proper health care in many parts of the world.
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Changing Attitudes
Every day, Special Olympics athletes are inspiring people everywhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential – in schools, communities and society at large.
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Play Unified!
All around the world, Special Olympics Unified Sports is teaming up people with and without intellectual disabilities. Our unified athletes are finding a common bond in their love of sports, getting fit -- and having a great time!
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Out of the Shadows
For decades, Special Olympics has been breaking down barriers and stigma that exclude people with intellectual disabilities – and creating opportunities to let talents and joy shine through! Through sports, we are creating positive social change and inclusion, worldwide.
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