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Special Olympics  We are a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education & leadership programs to empower people with intellectual disabilities.

#Malaria is a real threat to our athletes in #Africa. Through #InclusiveHealth programming and in partnership with @exonnmobil & @grassrootsoccer, we have been able to bridge disparities in its education & treatment, reaching over 8,000 athletes & distributing over 7,000 bed nets to @sonigeria over the last 3 years. #WorldMalariaDay

1 month ago today, our @worldgamesad came to a spectacular close. #InclusionRevolution

“I used to think that people with intellectual disabilities were weird & no good. I avoided them because they behaved strangely. I never imagined that within 3 months, two of my best friends would be people I used to think were strange. I thank my teacher for opening my eyes. She volunteers as a coach with Special Olympics Malaysia, and encouraged me to come for a football match last year. The team has trained together since December. We have great rapport because we trust each other. It’s been super fun at the @worldgamesad because I have my best friends Jessieca & Tracy with me. We chat and play games almost all night until coach nags us to get some sleep. It doesn’t matter whether we go home with a medal. I’m happy just to be here with my BFFs.” -- Nornabilah Mohd Asmadi, Unified Partner, Malaysia. 📸: @soasiapacific

Heart, effort, and determination over everything! Ability & strength are at the core of each and everyone of our Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) athletes. #InclusionRevolution

🖐 A sign so universal every athlete, of any ability level, speaking any language, and from any country understands 🖐 #NationalHighFiveDay #ChooseToInclude

“My parents fled Afghanistan during the war, and I was born in Iran. Growing up was tough. My teachers didn’t know how to engage with children with learning disabilities. They abused and beat me. My family returned to Afghanistan when I was 8, but school wasn’t any easier. I kept failing and getting scolded. I hated school but I looked forward to sports. My parents own a sports equipment shop, and heard about Special Olympics. I joined when I was 12, and discovered my talent in athletics. My training has paid off. I got a silver medal at the @worldgamesad. First thing I did was call my mum. She was in tears. My mum’s dream was to be an athlete but it was tough back then for women in Afghanistan to live their dreams. It still isn’t easy especially for women with intellectual disabilities. I’m glad I found the courage to fulfill my dreams and hers.” - Nigin Afshar, Special Olympics Afghanistan. 📸: @soasiapacific

Good luck to our 5 rockstar runners who are competing at the #BostonMarathon today! Pictured: First time Boston Marathoners Andrew Peterson, @soindiana1, & Julian Borst, @spolympicsmi, competing against each other at our USA Games in July 2018. #InclusionRevolution

Congratulations to the students of @APSKenmore on being named a Top 5️⃣ National Banner Unified Champion School by our partners @espn! After raising their banner to a packed house, students had the chance to cheer for their peers during some Unified Basketball! #UnifiedGeneration #ChooseToInclude

Our movement wouldn't be possible without our #volunteers all around the world. From referees & coaches to health workers & law enforcement officers, we are so grateful for your time, support, and dedication - Thank you for keeping us moving & helping us achieve incredible heights! #NVW #NationalVolunteerWeek

“He’s The Rock’s rock.” On this week’s 50 Game Changers, see how Milton’s spirit, strength & determination inspires @therock & everyone he connects with! {link in bio to watch} #InclusionRevolution

#ICYMI: Ahead of last night’s #WrestleMania 35, we were named @wwe’s Business Partner of the Year! We are so grateful for the incredible collaboration we have seen over this last year between their #WWEUniverse & our Special Olympics community! We know there will be much more to come & we are HYPED! #ChooseToInclude

@wwe superstars won’t be the only people leaving NYC this weekend with a Title! @stephaniemcmahon & @tripleh surprised @specialolympicsusa’s Angel Athenas with her own belt to acknowledge her hard work & determination! #WrestleMania #ChooseToInclude

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