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Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. Here's what's happening world wide.

Special Olympics Athletes Surprised with Billboard Reveal in New York City

Athletes launch new ‘Yeah, I am Special’ collection on Giving Tuesday to show the true meaning of ‘special’
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Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Named Top Innovation of the Year by HundrED

1 November, 2023 — Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® (UCS), a program dedicated to promoting inclusion and unity in education, has achieved a remarkable milestone by receiving the esteemed Academy Choice Award from HundrED, a global leader in education innovation. HundrED annually recognizes the top 100 educational innovations from around the world, and Unified Champion Schools has not only earned a spot in this prestigious list but has also been named the recipient of the Academy Choice Award, an accolade presented to the top innovation of the year.
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Special Olympics Announces Historic 1 Billion US Dollars Fundraising Milestone from Law Enforcement

For nearly 45 years thousands of law enforcement officers around the world have raised money for local Special Olympics programs
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Atos to Deliver Foundational IT Services to Special Olympics until 2027

Paris, France and Washington, United States – October 19, 2023 – Atos today announces its partnership with Special Olympics, Inc. (Special Olympics), a global nonprofit organization that promotes understanding, acceptance, and inclusion among people with and without intellectual disabilities through sporting activities.
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United Raises Airline Miles for Special Olympics During National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month

"Airline's Miles on a Mission" platform encourages loyalty customers to donate miles to help athletes fly and compete in competitions across the country and around the world. United's broader partnership with Special Olympics also includes the employment of athletes in airports across the country as part of its growing Special Olympics Service Ambassador Program.
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Topgolf and Special Olympics to Hold a Giving Season on September 15 – October 31

Players can round up at checkout and a portion of proceeds from online reservations will go to Special Olympics
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Unlocking the Potential of Inclusion Through Special Olympics in Ethiopia

Special Olympics Ethiopia will host Africa Region’s largest annual gathering—the Special Olympics Africa Leadership Conference with official carrier Ethiopian Airlines
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Special Olympics Welcomes the Newest Class of U.S. Youth Ambassadors

The 2023 – 2025 class of Special Olympics U.S. Youth Ambassadors were announced after a three-week application process.
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Special Olympics Athletes Become History Makers in Participating in First UCI World Championships

Four Special Olympics Great Britain athletes recently made history by taking part in a demonstration race at the first ever Glasgow 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.
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Starkey and Healthy Hearing Serve Over 2,200 Athletes at Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023

Starkey Cares has partnered with Special Olympics International to increase access to hearing health services worldwide for Special Olympics athletes
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F1 driver Zhou Guanyu becomes Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Washington, D.C. 14 July 2023 – F1 racing driver Zhou Guanyu has pledged his support to creating more sporting opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) by becoming a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics. Born in Shanghai, China, but based in Great Britain, 24-year-old Guanyu is the first driver from China to become a Grand Prix starter after making his debut for Alfa Romeo in 2022, having previously raced in F4, F3 and F2.
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Special Olympics and Lions Clubs International Foundation → Mission: Inclusion

2 July 2023 - Hyannis Port, Massachusetts: As part of a shared commitment to inclusion and community service across the world, Special Olympics and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) signed a historic five-year partnership agreement that will provide sustained services, support and empowerment to the global population of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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