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Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
It's the mission of Special Olympics to show the world the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
We have over 4.5 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities around the world.
Our celebrity supporters are Olympians, professional athletes, social leaders, and movie and music stars.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Direction for our movement comes from leaders in government, entertainment, sports and business.
All adults and children with intellectual disabilities can become Special Olympics athletes. Here's how.
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The Games in Abu Dhabi will be the world's largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019. The Board unanimously voted to award the World Games to Abu Dhabi based on a comprehensive bid proposal, a site visit by a Board Committee, and the country's vision to create inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
That vision begins with the United Arab Emirates and extends to their region and the world. The UAE is close to Asia, the Middle East and Africa, so the Games are expected to have a very broad benefit.
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My brother has Downs Syndrome and has participated in Special Olympics for years. He was an inspiration to me. I became a coach for Special Olympics myself. I support this cause to make people more understanding and open minded to those who are different.
I have always felt this way, but after dating someone with mild disability and seeing how smart and how much information he retains. It's amazing, I Love that kid and his inner strength
Almost 3 years ago I lost my best friend, my cousin, my smile. He was 25 and he was found incoherent in the bathroom. We couldn't get into the bathroom for a couple hours after.
I have a horse rider that i teach her name is gabbi and shes is beautiful! as she says!!
When I was growing up I had a cousin who was much older than me. She had disabilities. I remember visiting her house with my family and I brought a friend.