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The “Skillz for Life” campaign is designed to deliver a sport based health and life skills curriculum for in-school individuals living with or without intellectual disabilities.

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Special Olympics Founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was honoured posthumously with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 25th ESPYS presented by Capital One on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  The award was presented by former U.S first lady Michelle Obama to Tim Shriver, who now chairs the Special Olympics and accepted the award on her behalf.

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Special Olympics Nigeria in partnership with the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), would implement a programme called "Football for Hope". This strategic initiative will embody FIFA's philosophy of "socially responsible, involved, and committed". The objective of Football for Hope is to bring together, support, advise, and strengthen sustainable social and human development programmes in the areas of peace promotion, children's rights and education, health promotion, anti-discrimination and social integration.

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The Special Olympics Nigeria-ExxonMobil ground breaking Malaria/HIV initiative also known as ‘’Skillz For Life programme’’ commenced in South-South region of Nigeria with the training of coaches. This year, the initiative was extended to reach out to persons with intellectual disabilities (PWID) in the South-South and South-East region of Nigeria.

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Marvelous Adewopo is among several dozen athletes Microsoft is featuring through a multiyear partnership with Special Olympics. The initiative includes a campaign dubbed “We Are More,” which involves pairing Special Olympics athletes with people who share a passion with them outside of sports.

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