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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.

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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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School Setting

I work in a Middle School where the R word was thrown around like it was just a normal word to make fun of someone. I started a Best Buddies Chapter here 6 years ago, to this day that word isn't…

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Newest Members of our 6th year

My Niece Kandis

I never did make fun of others. I find the r-word disgusting and cruel. I always told my brother not to make fun of others. I told him maybe someday he might have a child of his own with a…

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Summer 2012 Markus holding Kandis

Life Changing event in Aspen

I honestly don't think this event could have gone any better in my favor. Not only did I get paired up with Shirleen, a talented Special Olympics athlete, I got paired up with a new best friend. We came together…

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Me and Shirleen at Hannah Teters reception

Thanks, Karisa Eliason!

On my way home to Washington, D.C. from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Phoenix, AZ, I had the opportunity to sit next to Jon Eliason on the Chicago to D.C. leg of the trip. Jon saw…

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Brain Week Assembly Celebrates the Abilities of all Students

O.B. Gates Elementary in Chesterfield County, Virginia serves a diverse group of students: children with hearing impairments, severe and mild intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and autism to name a few categories. Celebrating the abilities of all its students…

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Game of Respect Draws Huge Crowds and Support for Accepting People with Intellectual Disabilities

It takes one person to transform a school. Brandon Wakefield, a physical education teacher, is that person at Warren County High School in Front Royal, Virginia. As the parent of a toddler with Down syndrome, Brandon didn’t want to…

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