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The personal side of Special Olympics for Tim Shriver
As the Special Olympics turns 50 years old today, Tim Shriver -- chairman of the organization and son of founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver -- reflects on the beginning of the movement and where he sees it in another 50 years.
Shriver: 'I hope people see that everybody has a gift'
Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver reflects on a culture that hasn't always been big on inclusion and expresses his hope that it changes.
Athletes at Special Olympics Unified Cup overcome their 'impossibles'
Sarah Spain sits down with Special Olympics athlete Emanuelle Dutra Souza and Olympic bobsled driver and Special Olympics ambassador for Nigeria and Africa Seun Adigun to discuss how they found the strength to overcome obstacles in their lives.
The Faces of the Victors
There is experience and camaraderie of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, but there is also the many stories behind the winners' smiles. Here, we share a few of them.
Athlete living every day by the Special Olympics oath
For paddle boarder Mariah Gilbert, the Special Olympics oath holds a special place in her heart, one that represents the changes in her life.
Special Olympics allow father, son to bond during trying times
For Chris and Ray Harold, their time on the golf course at the Special Olympics USA Games, goes beyond golf. It's about savoring every last moment together.
From Special Olympics play to the workplace
Special Olympics International Global Messenger David Egan says, "I am proud to have a job; I pay taxes, I vote and I matter." And he's sharing that message at the job fair at the USA Games.
Photos: The moments that show Special Olympics athletes are unstoppable
The Special Olympics USA Games have been full of dramatic and inspirational finishes. But these moments and stories are the ones we will not forget.
Ex-NFL OT Roberts is a champion for Special Olympics athletes
Ray Roberts used to open pathways for Barry Sanders as an offensive tackle for the Detroit Lions. Now he's helping create pathways for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
The Schmidts are all in the family
Mike Schmidt felt right at home when he started playing Special Olympics sports. Since then, his two brothers and his parents have joined him on the basketball court -- and they're all headed to the USA Games.
For Special Olympics swimmer Jessica Grammer, 'dreams do come true'
When Jessica Grammer learned she was going to the USA Games, she screamed a celebratory 'Yes!' And her swimming prowess isn't the only thing she contributes to Team Missouri.
'I matter, I exist, and I have a right to play,' says Tyler Lagasse
For Special Olympics athlete Tyler Lagasse, golf is more than a sport. It's a chance to send the world a message -- and change perspectives.
Foudy's Finds: Special Olympics athlete has run 30 marathons
Julie Foudy goes for a run with Special Olympics athlete Andy Bryant who was once told he would never be able to walk across the street by himself. Now he's an elite marathon runner.
Foudy's Finds: Fab Five
Members of the Kentucky Special Olympics Gymnastics team receive uplifting messages from their Olympic heroes.
A fish called JoJo
Jolina Harris, affectionately called JoJo by her family, was drawn to the water as a young child. The ocean was her playground -- and her solace. Now a 12-year-old, she finds that peace in the pool as a Special Olympics swimmer.
JoJo Harris finds peace in the water
Growing up in the Marshall Islands, JoJo Harris was always drawn to the water. After relocating to Las Vegas, JoJo joined the UNLV swim program and will now compete at the Special Olympics.
Meet Divine Pearl Navalta, aka The Sparkling Diva
The Special Olympics runner earned that nickname from her friends because of her fun, outgoing personality -- and now at the USA Games, she's channeling that energy on the track to win gold.
Blind Special Olympics athlete Ben Collins showed me his worldview
Ben Collins can see only shadows and shapes, and he handles with aplomb a commute from Maryland to Washington, D.C., to work at the Special Olympics headquarters.
Collins: 'Don't underestimate me in sports and in life'
As both a manager and super-fan for multiple University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee teams, Michael Poll has left a lasting mark on everyone he's met.
Seth Hanchey's marks of strength
A catastrophic accident took so much from Seth Hanchey, including his ability to speak. Special Olympics weightlifting gave so much back: the motivation to recover, the drive to compete, the power to inspire. Here, his mother tells his story.
Seth Hanchey mending body and soul through powerlifting
After being struck by a vehicle and suffering a severe brain injury in 2011, Seth Hanchey has made a remarkable recovery and is competing in powerlifting at the Special Olympics.
Special Olympics all about love and inclusion
Special Olympics athletes give first-hand accounts of both how they are treated and how they want to be treated.
Drummond delivers heartfelt message to Special Olympics athletes
Pistons center Andre Drummond shares a bond with the Detroit-based Special Olympics Michigan basketball team.
Griffin, Spieth among famous faces in Unified Sports Challenge
Jen Lada explains how the Special Olympics Unified Sports Challenge brought together a variety of athletes for a great cause.
Special Olympics athlete Andrew Peterson was born to run
When Andrew Peterson's father adopted him at 5 years old, the boy could barely hold a fork. He just needed someone to believe in him -- and now the marathon runner does the rest.
SC Featured: Special Olympics runner deserves your respect
Born with fetal alcohol syndrome, 25-year-old Andrew Peterson became a three-time Special Olympics gold medalist after his father helped him find his voice and passion.
The Special Olympics are a family affair for the Oehlmans
Dustin and Danielle Oehlman met at a Special Olympics practice nearly 20 years ago. Now, with their children cheering them on, they're headed to the USA Games (July 1-6) in Seattle.
USA Games: How to watch, news and coverage
Find the details, news coverage and results for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games
Acceptance and inclusion key to Kennedy Shriver's life
Full list of 2017 ESPYS winners
The 2017 ESPYS celebrates the best in sports, with awards given by the fans.
The Games have ended, but the 'brave attempt' lives on
There are great stories everywhere. Parents who love their kids. Athletes who've overcome odds. But it doesn't happen every day, several times a day, as it does at the World Games.
Shikha, Shubham's 'special' homecoming
India's Shikha Rani and Shubham Shokeen narrowly missed out on a medal at the Special Olympics in Austria, but they did not return empty handed.
Skill? Drive? Will to win? It's all of the above for Special Olympics athletes
Throughout the Special Olympics World Games, competitiveness and desire are heard and seen -- often. And at levels that can rival athletes in all realms.
Photos: Memorable moments from Special Olympics World Games
Special Olympics athletes showed the power of acceptance, inclusion and, as the Special Olympics oath states, "being brave in the attempt."
Photos: Chris Paynter saw a few of his favorite things in Austria
The U.S. alpine skier fulfilled a lifelong dream while competing at the Special Olympics World Winter Games -- and the dream wasn't to win a gold medal. But he did that too.
Rising from the ashes
Costa Rican snowshoe athlete Kenneth Ramirez got the surprise of his life Wednesday when his coach presented him with replicas of the medals he lost in his family's house fire.
Photos: Seeing double at the World Winter Games
For many athletes, competing in the Special Olympics World Winter Games meant traveling far from home -- and family. These competitors arrived in Austria with built-in support: their twin!