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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.
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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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I used to think that special needs kids weren't human. I would do my best to stay out of their way. Then one day in Gym, a girl with Down Syndrome came up to me.
"Would you like to run together?" she asked.
My young cousin was born with Down's Syndrome. Her parents were told she would never walk, talk, feed or dress herself. Now she is a high school graduate, lives on her own, holds a full time job and attends college classes. She has her limitations but is not retarded!
Special olympics helped me get in physical shape, helped me with my social skills, helped me cope with life.
I was 14 when I joined Special Olympics! It's 2015 and I'm still doing Special Olympics. I love the people. They are super nice and fun loving!
I've been an athlete with Special Olympics for 35 yrs, first track, which I went to World Games for in 1991, skiing, then my fabulous ski coach convinced me to leave track for cycling and I just LOVE it! I've made a ton of friends over the years-Special Olympics is the best thing on Earth!
The best job I ever had was working in a group home helping teach adults with disabilities become functional members of society. I have never met a group of people with so much heart.