Our Stories

Every day, Special Olympics inspires hope, confidence, and courage. Not only do we change the lives of our athletes, but also the lives of our coaches, families, volunteers and others who have the opportunity to take part.

Do you have a story to share? Tell us how Special Olympics has impacted your life, changed your community, improved your health, or touched your heart.

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Sweet Success in Virginia

You're not seeing double. There are two heroic boys named Lukas wearing shades in this photo. They are both surrounded by friends and a real twin sister. But only one Lukas can serve you ice cold lemonade. The other Lukas…

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Lukas' Lemonade Stand

Reaching Out For A Cause

My name is Emily Bower, and I am a Global Messenger for Special Olympics Virginia. As a Global Messenger, I have learned so many things in my two years of giving speeches. Mostly, I have learned to speak up, and…

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Reaching Out For A Cause

Area 11 in Virginia now has Gymnastics!

I came into the Special Olympics program many years ago, coaching basketball and track and field. (Soccer and gymnastics in the upcoming season.) Noticing during winter many of the kids loved cheerleading and thought gymnastics would be a great accommodation…

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My Daughter was Truly a Blessing

When my mom got pregnant at 37 the doctors wanted her to have a test to see if the baby would have disabilities but mom said no, I will take whatever God gives me, so that instilled in me that you…

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Why is it so wrong?

I was at school and I heard my friend Harrison say the r-word. When I told him not to say it, he asked why. I wasn't sure what to tell him, so I told him that it was disrespectful and…

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Our basketball season was a sucess

My name is Lee Blakeman. I play for the Arlington Blue senior basketball team. This was my first time playing basketball with Special Olympics and the first time in 40 years I played competitive basketball. It was a rewarding experience. I…

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Special Olympics Builds Life-Long Friendships

My name is Matt. I'm a special olympics Virginia athlete from area eight. A couple of years ago, I met a student athlete from Linfield college in Oregon named Montana. Montana was a star pitcher for her team playing for…

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Speech impediments

My son stutters. All through his school years he was made fun of. I would volunteer at the school up until high school. During his elementary and middle school myself and my husband had a very good relationship with the…

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Empowerment

Our lives should be focused on the empowerment of all humanity. We should always fight against behaviors that hurt each other and keep our fellow brothers and sisters from reaching their highest potential. We should move away from the functional…

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It’s just like racism and sexism and all their friends, but worse

A lot of the time, when I ask people to stop using the word "retarded," they're unsure as to how it can be hurtful. But they usually get it as soon as I point out that it's just like using…

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