Special Olympics Video Resources

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Popular Videos
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. Download
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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.
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.”
In this brief message, soccer player Barry Cairns talks about what it's like to be a Special Olympics athlete. DOWNLOAD MP4, 44 SEC (8.7 MB)
The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program empowers athletes to play well and live healthy.
Our Healthy Communities initiative is aimed at helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities around the world lead healthier, more active lives.
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Celebrities agree: Unified Sports brings out the strengths in every player.
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This video shows the both the joy found every day thru Special Olympics, as well as the tremendous global reach of our movement.
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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This video talks of all of the talents of Special Olympics athletes the world hasn't seen. Narrated by Loretta Claiborne.
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In this unscripted video, Special Olympics athletes and youth leaders describe what it all means to them.
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Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Videos
The focus of the campaign is to create one million job and leadership opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities in the United States. October is the perfect time for the launch because it is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
PSA created by Y&R advertising agency that promotes Play Unified: Joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. MP4, 1 MIN (37.5 MB)
PSA created by Y&R advertising agency that promotes Play Unified—which joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. MP4, 1 MIN (38.6 MB)
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games version of this amazing ad features five Special Olympics athletes. MP4, 30 SEC (4.1 MB) | MOV, 30 SEC (98.2 MB)
In this brief message, soccer player Barry Cairns talks about what it's like to be a Special Olympics athlete. MP4, 44 SEC (8.7 MB)
Get past first your impressions and see Special Olympics athletes for who they are: athletes. The incredible digital animation showcases Mario Ogunbowale, a 21-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MP4, 30 SEC (6.2 MB) | MPG, 30 SEC (6.7 MB)
Special Olympics has changed Susie Doyen's life in big ways. She's gone from very shy and uncertain to an outgoing public speaker who's surprising everyone who knows her. MP4, 1 MIN (6.8 MB) | MP4, 30 SEC (5.9 MB)
Actor John C. McGinley of TV's "Scrubs" shares a message about why you should pledge to stop using the word "retard(ed)." MP4, 1 MIN (8.4 MB) | FLV, 1 MIN (8.4 MB)
In this unscripted video, Special Olympics athletes and youth leaders describe what it all means to them. MP4, 2:30 MIN (18.2 MB) | MOV, 2:30 MIN (1.75 GB) | MOV, 60 SEC (707 MB)
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day 2013 60 second Public Service Announcement. Download 60 Second | Download 30 Second
Historical Videos
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. DOWNLOAD MP4, 24 MIN (314 MB)
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. DOWNLOAD MP4, 6 MIN (42.2 MB)
Through a vision born in her own backyard, Eunice Kennedy Shriver changed the lives of millions. DOWNLOAD MP4, 4 MIN (48.6 MB)
This film tells the story of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's pioneering work to help people with intellectual disabilities. DOWNLOAD MP4, 10 MIN (64.3 MB) | DOWNLOAD FLV, 10 MIN (44.4 MB)
Maria Shriver talks about the far-reaching impact of a 1962 article by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. DOWNLOAD MP4, 3:30 MIN (39.5 MB)
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For Special Olympics, Sargent Shriver was a leader during a time of strong international growth, a push that culminated in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China. DOWNLOAD MP4, 5:30 MIN (65 MB) | DOWNLOAD WMV, 5:30 MIN (38.9 MB)
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Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver recounts his mother’s life of service—and what inspired her to found Special Olympics—in this brief 2011 CBS/Turner Sports profile. DOWNLOAD MP4, 3:30 MIN (32.9 MB)
B-Roll Videos
This music video shows a montage of highlights from the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. DOWNLOAD MOV, 3 MIN (114 MB)
This video contains clips of summer sports during the 2014 Special Olympics USA Summer Games. DOWNLOAD MOV, 7 MIN (3.75 MB) | DOWNLOAD MOV, 10 MIN (4.53 MB)
This is a selection of clips from Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies including the first Games in Chicago. DOWNLOAD MOV (1.3 GB)
This is a selection of clips from Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in the 90s. DOWNLOAD MOV (1.6 GB)
This is a selection of clips from Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies including the Games in China and Ireland. DOWNLOAD MOV (1.4 GB)
Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience matches give celebrities and others a taste of what it's like to play on teams made of people with and without intellectual disabilities. This video is 1:37. DOWNLOAD MP4 (186 MB)
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This 2:56 video has notable moments from a Special Olympics youth rally during World Games in Korea. DOWNLOAD MP4 (319 MB)
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Silent clips of Eunice Kennedy Shriver interacting with Special Olympmics athletes at Games and other occasions. This video is 7 minutes long with resolution of 720x480. DOWNLOAD MOV (4 GB) | DOWNLOAD MP4 (568 MB)
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This video contains clips of various winter sports. DOWNLOAD MOV, 9 MIN (1.14 GB)
B-roll from several Special Olympics World Summer Games. DOWNLOAD MP4
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Games Videos
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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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.
From aquatics to gymnastics to basketball, this video catches the excitement of Special Olympics World Games competition.
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Behind-the-scenes preview of the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, including a look at the Host Town experience.
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More than 300 dignitaries from around the world attended the first Special Olympics Global Development Summit in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea on 29 January 2013. The daylong summit explored "Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Exclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities."
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A sentimental look at some great moments during the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
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Listen in as some of 120 youth leaders from around the world, with and without intellectual disabilities, gather to present their inspirational projects to their mentor—and to the world.
A fast-paced promotion for the LA2015 Games.
Highlights/b-roll from the emotional Closing Ceremony for the LA2015 World Games. DOWNLOAD MOV, 3 MIN (150 MB)
The nine-day 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles come to life in this video featuring the song of the Games by OAR and Cody Simpson, "Reach Up."
Highlights/b-roll from the star-studded Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony.
Special Olympics Events Videos
A group of 16 Special Olympics athletes played alongside football legends and other celebrities in the inaugural Unity Cup Presented by Coca-Cola.
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.
From aquatics to gymnastics to basketball, this video catches the excitement of Special Olympics World Games competition.
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Behind-the-scenes preview of the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, including a look at the Host Town experience.
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More than 300 dignitaries from around the world attended the first Special Olympics Global Development Summit in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea on 29 January 2013. The daylong summit explored "Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Exclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities."
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A sentimental look at some great moments during the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
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Global Family Leaders from all around the world talk about Special Olympics and what it means to them—and for all our athletes as well.
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Health Videos
The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program empowers athletes to play well and live healthy.
Our Healthy Communities initiative is aimed at helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities around the world lead healthier, more active lives.
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Special Olympics is the largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities is Special Olympics. Download the Health Infographic video.
Learn About Coaching Videos
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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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.
Award-winning video showing what it's like to be a Unified Sports football coach during a big Special Olympics Games. 10 minutes. DOWNLOAD (86.3 MB) MP4
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. DOWNLOAD (128 MB) MP4
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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An in-depth overview of the Unified Sports competitive, player development and recreational models. The video is 8:11 minutes long.
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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. DOWNLOAD MP4
Stories About Our Athletes Videos
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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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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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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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.
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Special Olympics Germany athlete Werner and his sister Franzi are not just siblings and friends, but they are also athlete and coach.
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A destructive and easily distracted child, Jia Qi Hui is now focused and thriving after discovering a passion for table tennis.
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Maicon Santana dreams that his passion and natural talent for football (soccer) can one day help support his parents and four siblings.
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Skills and confidence learned on the playing field—and the swimming pool!—have helped David all his life. He's taken his public speaking skills before U.S. lawmakers, and to the United Nations—and he's not done yet!
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Rabah Kino finds more than success on the slopes at World Winter Games. He also finds joy in his accomplishment—and joy seeing the pride his family feels in his progress.
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Deon Namiseb, Special Olympics athlete, shares his life story and how he is determined to change how the world views and treats people with intellectual disabilities.
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As they train for Winter Games, teammates from South Africa show what they're capable of—and they return home feeling like champions.
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Left in an orphanage as an infant, Svetlana’s joy for life shows through her knitting, cooking and dance skills, but competing as a gymnast is where she excels.
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When they learned that Macy had been born with Down syndrome they did not know what to expect but they knew about Special Olympics.
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Lack of experience with cold weather and snow would never keep Maryam Hasan from training to compete in the snowshoeing competition at the World Winter Games.
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Charles Howard may be a great snowboarder, but it is his personality that makes him a particularly outstanding athlete. Charles exudes self-confidence and a sense of humor that resounds with his teammates.
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Andres takes pride in representing Venezuela at World Winter Games. His training and performance in figure-skating add up to an experience he'll remember forever.
Ahead of the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, P&G produced this video about Team USA athlete Molly Hincka and her mother, Kerry.
Introverted and withdrawn in school, Rajdeep found confidence and pride on the cricket field.
Simon earns prize money in local running competitions to help supplement his mother’s $40 a month wage that supports her four children.
This video tells the story of Carlos Castillo and his teammates who have grown up together and have been training hard for the 2011 World Games in Athens.
Team Hungary's figure skating team trained hard for the chance to compete in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
With World Games ahead, Ted’s coach pushed the team to eat healthier during training. It’s just a glimpse into how Special Olympics has been there for Ted.
Special Olympics Korea athlete Donghan Kim has been doing most of his training at the local swimming pool in Ulsan, counting the days til the first Special Olympics open-water swimming event at the Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
On paper, Ximena de Varela may sound like a typical popular, high-achieving high school student.
George and Kostas talk about their friendship—and how Unified Sports helps people with intellectual disabilities and without, both on and off the court.
Skills and confidence gained through sports have helped David also develop speaking and leadership skills. He’s addressed Congress and the U.N. – and he’s not done yet.
After taking part in Special Olympics sports for many years, Catherine and her family learned what a huge -- and life-changing -- difference a visit to a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes clinic can make.
After a tough start, Nick found a place to grow and excel with Special Olympics Young Athletes. "He can compete and feel successful," says his mom, "and be a kid, just like everybody else!"
Stories About Our Supporters Videos
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. DOWNLOAD (2MB) MP4
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.
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.
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.
Ahead of the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, P&G produced this video about Team USA athlete Molly Hincka and her mother, Kerry.
Celebrities agree: Unified Sports brings out the strengths in every player.
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After their baby is born with Down syndrome, the Pierse family learns how the World Games gave people "a real appreciation for what these children have to offer."
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. DOWNLOAD MP4, 3:30 MIN (41.2 MB)
Soeren Palumbo’s courage to say what he believed in front of his entire school was inspired by the love and respect between a brother and sister.
A World Games coach from Algeria talks about the fun of being with his athletes, but also the importance of helping to bring athletes into the community, so all can see how we are all more alike than different.
Infographics
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.
Students with intellectual disabilities are 2 to 3 times more like to bullied than their mainstream peers. Project Unify is a program combining inclusive sports, youth leadership and education that teaches young people about intellectual disabilities and fosters positive attitudes of inclusion, respect and friendship. Take Project Unify worldwide.
Special Olympics is the largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities is Special Olympics.
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.
Play Unified, Live Unified
Celebrities agree: Unified Sports brings out the strengths in every player.
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50th Anniversary Videos
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unified Sports Videos
The inaugural Unity Cup Presented by Coca-Cola.
The history and major programs – and how, Special Olympics is creating a world of inclusion and respect.
Unified Sports is about playing together and appreciating players of all abilities.
PSA created by Y&R advertising agency that promotes Play Unified.
Special Olympics athletes asked complete strangers to play pick-up soccer and Play Unified.
Promotional video used to recruit people to play unified.
George and Kostas: Unified Sports helps people with intellectual disabilities and without on and off the court.
Core principles of Unified Sports work in basketball.
What it's like to be a Unified Sports football coach during Games.
In-depth overview: Unified Sports competitive, player development and recreational models.
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Download video of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's speeches at World Games. Download
Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver recounts his mother’s life of service—and what inspired her to found Special Olympics—in this brief 2011 CBS/Turner Sports profile (3min 30sec.).
Eunice Kennedy Shriver speaks at the 1987 Special Olympics World Summer Games in South Bend, Indiana, USA. More than 4,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from more than 70 countries took part in these Games.
A 60-sec look at the impact and legacy of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who taught the world that sports can transform lives. Footage Courtesy of ESPN Enterprises Inc.
Every fourth Saturday in September the Special Olympics Movement celebrates the ideals of our founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver with an annual "EKS Day."
Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver speaks at the Opening Ceremony of the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Raleigh-Durham, NC, USA.
Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver addresses the Opening Ceremony of the 1991 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, USA.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver speaks at the 1987 Special Olympics World Summer Games in South Bend, Indiana, USA.
Look back at what she said to kick off those momentous and world changing games.
Watch him talk about the work of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the ongoing fight for justice for people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Timothy Shriver offers a warm thank you to the people around the world who took part in Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day celebrations on 24 September.
Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Timothy Shriver invites you to join the celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's legacy by playing unified to live unified on Sept 24, 2011, known as "EKS Day".
Enjoy this wonderful tribute to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver accompanied by the song "Carry the Torch" by Michael Sarver.
Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver along with Another Shriver announced that the fourth Saturday of every September will the annual "Global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day."
Watch a video tribute to the founder of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, with an introduction from Nelson Mandela.
Through a vision born in her own backyard, Eunice Kennedy Shriver changed the lives of millions. DOWNLOAD MP4, 4 MIN (48.6 MB)
A short biography on Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics.