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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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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Special Olympics Participates on Panel at Georgetown University on “Changing Lives Through Sport”

Special Olympics participated in a panel at Georgetown University on January 25 for students in the Disability Studies Initiative. The panel introduced students to individuals with and without intellectual disabilities and how their lives have changed through their involvement in Special…

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The Boy who Could

My story is really my brother's. Thyroid deficient from birth he was considered "trainable" at best in the early 60's and retarded was the WORD ! Now 57, a special Olympics medalist in golf, retired after 35 years in the government , and starting…

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My brother sawyer

Sawyer was never supposed to walk. The doctors labeled him to be chronically impaired from one month old. He was never supposed to communicate either, as his brain was "too dysfunctional" to form thoughts. My brother is now a runner…

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Helper

I have helped at my school for two years with kids with disabilities. I have sympathy for them, so I hate it when someone treats them differently, laughs at them, or ignores them. They are just like us, normal kids…

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