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Special Olympics Saved My Life

“I went to a Healthy Athletes® screening during a local competition, and the dentist who screened me said I had some serious dental problems and referred me to another dentist in the community, who said I had oral cancer.  I was frightened at first, but he sent me to an oral surgeon who removed the cancer about a week later.  So far I’ve stayed cancer-free,” Dustin Plunkett, Special Olympics athlete and International Global Messenger.

Providing Miracles at Every Turn

UCLA and USC have a rivalry like none other.  Whether it’s on the playing field, in the classroom, or in the board room they always strive to be better than the other.  But alumni from both schools put aside their differences for the 2010 Fall Games so they could support the athletes of Special Olympics.

RESOURCES: Promoting Healthy Athletes: The Importance of Storytelling

This presentation by Karl Hejlik, Special Olympics' Senior Manager for Health and Research Communications, gives the basics of storytelling and why, in the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes movement, it is so vital to get the word out.

Healthy Hearing & Fun Fitness

The Healthy Hearing program is a free hearing screening designed to ensure proper audio logical care for Special Olympics athletes.

Health Promotion & Healthy Hearing

Health Promotion is a free screening that offers health information and advice in the areas of nutrition, sun safety, bone density, hydration, tobacco cessation, and physical fitness.

Special Smiles & Opening Eyes

The Special Olympics Opening Eyes program is a vision and eye health screening in partnership with the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Healthy Athlete Videos

Learn how Healthy Athletes ® Helps the Athletes.

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