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The will and determination of Danielle Liebl

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Sign the Inclusion Pledge and choose to include

The first Special Olympics Games debuted in the summer of 1968, and now 50 years later, we encourage you to #ChooseToInclude people with intellectual disabilities.

How to watch the 50 Game Changers features

Every week for the next year, ESPN will feature an athlete, coach or parent, among others, who has impacted persons with intellectual disabilities. Find the stories here.

ICYMI: 50 Game Changers

50 Game Changers: Kennedys' family connection to the Special Olympics

The relationship between Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her sister Rosemary Kennedy was the root of the entire Special Olympics movement. Sign the pledge: https://bit.ly/2MpxyVe.

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Special Olympics turns 50

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.

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Unified Cup

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.

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USA Games wraps up

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.

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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.

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USA Games

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.

Ready to be inspired?

USA Games

Poll's positive spirit an asset for UWM

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.

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Tagliareni a role model for all athletes

Special Olympics Florida athlete Brittany Talgliareni followed her brother into tennis and hasn't looked back since.

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Lapre: 'I'm never quitting'

A Special Olympics athlete since 1968, Paul Lapre will be living out a dream by playing in this year's games in Seattle.

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Powerlifter Gruss makes a habit of overcoming odds

Special Olympics powerlifter Catherine Gruss has overcome many challenges and doubters en route to competing in Seattle.

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In the words of athletes

USA Games

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

USA Games

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.

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Foudy's Finds: Fab Five

Members of the Kentucky Special Olympics Gymnastics team receive uplifting messages from their Olympic heroes.

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Shining in water and on land

USA GAMES

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.

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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.

Special Olympics USA Games: Latest Video

Inside the fan zone at the Special Olympics

Daina Shilts explores the fan zone at the Special Olympics and takes part in several of the activities.

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Special Olympics gold medalist gets emotional after win

Victoria Smith, who won gold in the 100M freestyle, says you can compete regardless of one's disability and explains what her mom means to her.

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Shilts: Special Olympics' inclusion is 'special to me'

Daina Shilts is excited to join ESPN's coverage of the Special Olympics to share the event's message of inclusion.

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Positive vibes at Special Olympics Opening Ceremony

Daina Shilts catches the positive vibes at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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ride and sharing

USA Games

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.

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A powerlifter's story

USA Games

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.

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What to Watch

USA Games

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.

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Drummond delivers heartfelt message to Special Olympics athletes

Pistons center Andre Drummond shares a bond with the Detroit-based Special Olympics Michigan basketball team.

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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.

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USA Games: Born to run

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.

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USA Games: Preview

July 1-6

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

ESPYS: Arthur Ashe Award

Acceptance and inclusion key to Kennedy Shriver's life

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Full list of 2017 ESPYS winners

The 2017 ESPYS celebrates the best in sports, with awards given by the fans.

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