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The master collection of downloadable videos available to Programs for marketing and education on websites and in presentations. Videos are presented in a variety of formats, file types and resolutions.

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How to Speak with People with Disabilities
Whether you are in a health care or other professional environment or just having a personal conversation, consider these basic rules for communicating with a person with an intellectual disability.
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Changing the World Through Sport
A video overview of Special Olympics, its history and major programs – and how, through the power and joy of sports, Special Olympics is creating a world of inclusion and respect.
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Come Out and Play Unified
In this video, we see that Unified Sports is about playing together and appreciating players of all abilities; “It’s one of the most important aspects of what we do in Special Olympics.”
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A 'Different' PSA
In this brief message, soccer player Barry Cairns talks about what it's like to be a Special Olympics athlete.

Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

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This is Your Time PSA
PSA created by Y&R advertising agency that promotes Play Unified--which joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.
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Fight Fight Fight PSA
PSA created by Y&R advertising agency that promotes Play Unified--which joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.
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Coke PSA Making Olympic Dreams Come True
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games version of this amazing ad features five Special Olympics athletes.
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A 'Different' PSA
In this brief message, soccer player Barry Cairns talks about what it's like to be a Special Olympics athlete.

Historical

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A Dream to Grow On
Special Olympics started out as one woman’s dream of better, fuller lives for people with intellectual disabilities, young and old. A 1970s-era film showing the organization’s earliest days.
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Biography - Championing the Cause
A short biography of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her life, work and passion for helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities reach their full potential.
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver - Her Legacy Continues
Through a vision born in her own backyard, Eunice Kennedy Shriver changed the lives of millions.
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Life in The Shadows
This film tells the story of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's pioneering work to help people with intellectual disabilities.

B-Roll

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2011 Athens Music Highlight Video
This music video shows a montage of highlights from the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, Greece
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2014 USA Games Summer Sports B-Roll
This video contains clips of summer sports during the 2014 Special Olympics USA Summer Games.
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B Roll: Opening Ceremonies from 1968 to 1987
This is a selection of clips from Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies including the first Games in Chicago.
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B Roll: Opening Ceremonies from 1991 to 1999
This is a selection of clips from Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in the 90s.

Games

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2007 Shanghai - Opening Ceremony Spectacular
The 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, were a celebration of the power of Special Olympics to change the hearts, minds and lives of people with intellectual disabilites worldwide. And it all started with a spectacular Opening Ceremony.
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2011 Athens - Athletes Are Terrific!
At the World Summer Games in Athens, family members and supporters came together to celebrate the athletes, cheer the competition, and enjoy the very high spirits of these Games.
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2011 Athens - Let the Games Begin
From aquatics to gymnastics to basketball, this video catches the excitement of Special Olympics World Games competition.
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2011 Athens - Warm Welcomes for Athletes
Behind-the-scenes preview of the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, including a look at the Host Town experience.

Special Olympics Events

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2010 Unity Cup Highlights
A group of 16 Special Olympics athletes played alongside football legends and other celebrities in the inaugural Unity Cup Presented by Coca-Cola.
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2011 Athens - Athletes Are Terrific!
At the World Summer Games in Athens, family members and supporters came together to celebrate the athletes, cheer the competition, and enjoy the very high spirits of these Games.
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2011 Athens - Let the Games Begin
From aquatics to gymnastics to basketball, this video catches the excitement of Special Olympics World Games competition.
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2011 Athens - Warm Welcomes for Athletes
Behind-the-scenes preview of the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, including a look at the Host Town experience.

Health

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Healthy Athletes: Training for Games, Training for Life
The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program empowers athletes to play well and live healthy.
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Healthy Communities - Urgent Enough
Our Healthy Communities initiative is aimed at helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities around the world lead healthier, more active lives.

Learn About Coaching

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Sport Teaches Us
Special Olympics is a sports organization, but it's also far more. Through a variety of innovative programs and the involvement of passionate volunteers, Special Olympics transforms lives.
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My Athletes Teach Me - Coach Vicky Matarazzo USA
Vicky Matarazzo talks about the Special Olympics athletes she’s coached for 17 years and how their example inspired her after she was diagnosed with cancer.
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Video: A Day in the Life of a Unified Sports Football Coach
Award-winning video showing what it's like to be a Unified Sports football coach during a big Special Olympics Games. 10 minutes.
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A Day in the Life of an Alpine Skiing Coach
Join Cristoph Scheurer, Special Olympics Alpine Skiing coach for Team Germany and member of the Alpine Skiing Sport Resource Team, as he takes you through a "day in the life" of an alpine skiing coach at World Winter Games.

Instructional Sport Resources

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Basketball Player Grading
This video covers how to assess the ability of basketball players. This "grading" video is a useful tool to assess and keep track of each player's improvement over time.
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Unified Sports Basketball Video
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Unified Sports Volleyball Coaching Video
This video is designed for use in coach education seminars with specific chapter headings, and it can also be used for general viewing. It's 8:29 in length. 
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Athlete Development Model Overview
This 3-minute video gives a quick overview of the framework to foster a lifelong sports experience for Special Olympics athletes.

Stories About Our Athletes

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All Downhill From Here - Curtis - USA
Curtis has overcome many challenges in his life -- and extremely low expectations. But on the ski slopes, he makes it all look easy.
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Andy Miyares - USA
Swimming is Andy Miyares’ great love and it has been an equalizer for him. The pool is a place where he belongs, a place where he thrives.
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Be a Fan of Courage - Kevin Erickson
Kevin Erickson and his family are forever changed when Kevin discovers the joys of Special Olympics golf even as he fights cancer.
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Be a Fan of Dignity - Florence Nabayinda - Uganda
Raised amid society's low expectations, she once thought of herself as trash. Today, Florence Nabayinda meets with government leaders in Uganda to raise support and awareness of people with intellectual disabilities and Special Olympics.

Stories About Our Supporters

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It's Important for Life' - Coach Elisabeth Sieber
Special Olympics Coach Elisabeth Sieber reflects on how the sport of skating can challenge people with intellectual disabilities -- and help them achieve more than they ever thought possible.
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Meet Coach Cohen
After 20 years in the US Army, Coach Cohen returns to his rural Florida hometown and sees a need. He starts a Special Olympics basketball team that changes his life, along with the lives of his athletes and their community.
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Meet Coach Michele
Coach Michele Carmichael has been working with people with disabilities since she was 13 years old. Since then, she says she's learned a lot from Special Olympics athletes and their approach to life.
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My Athletes Teach Me - Coach Vicky Matarazzo USA
Vicky Matarazzo talks about the Special Olympics athletes she’s coached for 17 years and how their example inspired her after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Infographics

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Community - Infographic
The video speaks to how Special Olympics wants strengthen communities around the world by recruiting, training and mobilizing leaders, families and volunteers to participate in Special Olympics.
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Education - Infographic
Students with intellectual disabilities are 2 to 3 times more like to bullied than their mainstream peers. Project Unify is a program combining inclusives sports, youth leadership and education that teaches young people about intellectual disabilities and fosters positive attitudes of inlcusion, respect and friendship. Take Project Unify worldwide.
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Health - Infographic
Special Olympics is the largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities is Special Olympics.
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Real Sports - Infographic
This video speaks to how sport leads to better health, better nutrition and sense of belonging. Through an online sports academy, Special Olympics wants to bring educational material to 10's of millions of athletes, as well improve how coaches are recruited and trained.

Unified Sports

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Upgrade Your World
Special Olympics athletes asked complete strangers to play pick-up soccer and Play Unified. Microsoft’s #UpgradeYourWorld campaign, shows how this simple gesture brought the joy of sports to Venice Beach and LA Live in Los Angeles.
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Changing the World Through Sport
A video overview of Special Olympics, its history and major programs – and how, through the power and joy of sports, Special Olympics is creating a world of inclusion and respect.
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Come Out and Play Unified
In this video, we see that Unified Sports is about playing together and appreciating players of all abilities; “It’s one of the most important aspects of what we do in Special Olympics.”
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Fight Fight Fight PSA
PSA created by Y&R advertising agency that promotes Play Unified--which joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.

Play Unified, Live Unified

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Shredding Stereotypes - Hannah Teter
Olympic snowboarder Hannah Teter joins the Special Olympics family as a Global Ambassador. She is working to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.

50th Anniversary

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50th Anniversary One-Year Out: Edgy 30-second
This 30-second version of the video uses beat-heavy electronic dance music. It is a mix of clips that present an "edgy" view of Special Olympics. The MP4 will stream from a website; the MOV is best for presentations.
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50th Anniversary One-Year Out: Edgy 60-second
This 60-second version of the video uses beat-heavy electronic dance music. It is a mix of clips that present an "edgy" view of Special Olympics. The MP4 will stream from a website; the MOV is best for presentations.
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50th Anniversary One-Year Out: Soft 30-second
This 30-second version of the video uses lighthearted music. It is a mix of clips that present traditional view of Special Olympics. The MP4 will stream from a website; the MOV is best for presentations.
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50th Anniversary One-Year Out: Soft 60-second
This 60-second version of the video uses light-hearted music. It is a mix of clips that present a traditional view of Special Olympics. The MP4 will stream from a website; the MOV is best for presentations.