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Special Olympics has helped me give back to the community and help out with people with disabilities.
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I got a second place here in Rochester, NY at the bowling tournament and I thought that was great.
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Special Olympics is excited to announce our partnership with the Jr. NBA. The Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour is the league’s youth basketball participation program that teaches the fundamentals and values of the game at the grassroots level to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for all.
By Kraig Makohus
Special Olympics has made a game-changing announcement: The Golisano Foundation will provide $25 million to expand Special Olympics’ health services globally.
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Play Unified, a 2-year-old filly owned by Bona Venture Stables won her first start ever going wire to wire in the sixth race this past Sunday at the famed Saratoga Race Course. There's a great horse-racing back story:
This week, when Pope Francis meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, he’ll be speaking to a packed audience -- including several Special Olympics athletes.
The talents of Special Olympics athletes were on full display during the nine-day World Games in Los Angeles. And their achievements continue to make an impact.
The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "In 1968, Mr. O’Brien became one of the first Special Olympians at the inaugural games at Chicago’s Soldier Field. He competed every year until 2014, traveled the world, and won about 750 medals, many of them gold.
I have loved basketball since I was 8 years old. I have grand mal seizure, ADHD; I’m currently in high school. Growing up was really hard for me because I didn’t have any friends at all, & I would get bullied a lot.
Anthony R. Folcarelli
In my early days (1950s) those who were mentally challenged, or suffered from some major physical handicap, were virtually hidden from society. For years our American culture lost out on the warmth, honesty, friendship, laughter, and unique personalities that now enrich our lives.
By Suzanne Coogan