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Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics. Our athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities from all around the world—5.6 million and counting! They are finding success, joy and friendship as part of our global community. They're also having lots of fun!
Special Olympics Florida athlete and actress Anna Sargent debuts her acting talents in the film Take Me Home, written and directed by Anna’s sister Liz Sargent, at the Sundance Film Festival as it hits the big screen for the first time.
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In just a few months, athletes, coaches, and delegations will converge on Berlin, Germany for the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 (June 17–25). Shavanna Mahoe will be there, but the Special Olympics Hawaii athlete won’t be competing, she’ll be officiating. Mahoe has the distinction of being Hawaii’s first and only Special Olympics athlete who serves as a certified bocce official.
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Last month on 17 March the first-ever Basketball Africa League (BAL) and Special Olympics Unified Sports event took place in Dakar, Senegal.
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Two kindergarten teachers in Montenegro are showing the benefits of the Young Athletes program in their community.
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Taylor MacKenzie sees sports as a great equalizer: when she’s in the water she doesn’t feel any different from other people.
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Ranveer made headlines in his local papers in 2015 when he became the first Bharat athlete to win a gold medal in golf at a World Games competition.
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One of Team Australia’s youngest athletes, 16-year-old Karen Messmer has overcome much adversity already.
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Hamad Al-Ahbabi is excited to be competing in his first World Games—and he has worked hard for this opportunity.
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Clari Lehmkuhl is a longtime trailblazer for inclusion, starting in grade school.
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Jaime Cruz Juscamaita wants to build a better world for people with intellectual disabilities—one play, one speech, one competition at a time.
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These days, Reginald Fong is upbeat and chatty. It’s hard to imagine that he used to be shy and withdrawn, rarely communicating with others.
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Kirk knows a lot about overcoming obstacles and inspiring others to do the same.
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