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More than 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 165 countries are competing in Los Angeles this week.
Special Olympics Cuba Unified team celebrates winning a gold in beach volleyball. Photo by Will Schermerhorn

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Unified Sports is Unified Fun

Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams people with and without intellectual disabilities for fast-paced and exciting games.
In a unified bocce game at the 2015 Summer Games, no amount of hoping could make the ball change course. Photos by Will Schermerhorn

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Special Olympics USA athletes cheer during Opening Ceremony. Photo by Ben Solomon

$25 Million Gift Targets Health Programs

Special Olympics has received its largest single private gift in the organization's 47-year history.

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From our first Games in 1968 to over 90,000 events a year worldwide, Special Olympics is changing lives everywhere
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, with some of the Special Olympics athletes she inspired.

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Special Olympics is making champions around the world through coaching, practice and competition, but that's not all.


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World Games in Los Angeles

The Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles shows the power of 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing to be champions of their sports. LEARN MORE ››


Unified Participant Runs in Her Sister’s Memory

Each athlete at World Games had personal reasons for participating, but for Pamela King, she did it to honor the memory of her sister, Kristol, who died two years ago at the age of 20. Read More ››

Golfer Posts Personal Best and Special Olympics Record

Scott Rohrer of Special Olympics Team USA was in the zone this week at golf. After his four-day tournament, he posted a total score of 276, or 12 under par, a new personal best and the lowest any Special Olympics golfer has finished for a World Games event. Read More ››


Mattel Inc.Supports Special Olympics Youth Programs.
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VISAVisa sponsors World Games expanding support of athletes everywhere!
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Events Around the WorldGo to the Worldwide Calendar

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World Games

The Special Olympics World Summer Games will run from 25 July to 2 August in Los Angeles, California.

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Floor Hockey Championship
Floor Hockey Playoffs

Join us for the Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Floor Hockey Championships as 24 teams compete to qualify for National Games.

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European Basketball Week

Join us 28 November to 6 December in courts across 33 countries for over 200 exciting and inclusive games.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


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The Start of the Solution

Young people from around the globe with and without intellectual disabilities are coming together at the SOGenUin Summit as part of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games with one goal - to change the world.

 

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