Together we are more
Microsoft is proud to support the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games and celebrate what we all share in common—the desire to connect, overcome fears, break down boundaries, and achieve.
Over the last four years, Microsoft has been a proud technology partner of Special Olympics International. During this time, we’ve had the privilege to meet and be inspired by the remarkable individuals and athletes who make the games a success each year. Energized by this movement of inclusion, many of our employees have gone on to connect with and support their local Special Olympics teams. This year, more than 2,000 Microsoft employees volunteered to support the 4,000 athletes and coaches who took part in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle from July 1-7.
Meet volunteers who connected with local Special Olympics teams—and whose lives have been changed in the process.
- Eric Wilfrid, General Manager, Microsoft TeamsVolunteering unleashes the power of realizing how much we have in common. Once we’re teammates on a bocce court, once one person helps another figure out how to get to the starting line, having that experience together puts the disability aside.
Accessible gaming goes global
Competing in the Special Olympics is about more than just sport. It’s about collaboration, teamwork, pursuing your passion, and building new friendships along the way. To that end, Microsoft was excited to announce a new e-sports category created to empower a diverse group of competitors who are eager to participate in the growing global sport of gaming. Xbox hosted a pilot video gaming tournament for eight Unified teams to compete in “Forza Motorsport 7.” The teams consisted of two competitors—one with and one without an intellectual disability—who vied head-to-head for the tournament title. Forza Motorsport 7 was selected for its accessibility, offering multiple driving supports, braking assists, and traction control. It features a virtual racing line, visible even to those who are color blind, that shows players the quickest path around a circuit. There’s also a new Friction Assist option that guides players who go off track from getting stuck in sand or grass.
Microsoft and Special Olympics
Special Olympics International
Special Olympics is turning to technology to transform the business of changing the world through sport. See how Microsoft technology is supporting their mission and empowering athletes of all abilities.
Robots for everyone
Delaney Foster wanted to start a high school robotics club that could include her sister, who has an intellectual disability. Today, that club has become a Special Olympics-sponsored organization reaching students in five states around America.
The business of inclusion
Creating a city of inclusion for our country’s Special Olympics athletes
As the Pacific Northwest prepares for the arrival of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, state and local leaders, businesses, organizations and individuals have an important role to play in creating a region that welcomes everyone. This summer’s games are about much more than sports. They’re about creating a city of inclusion where everyone is welcome and can contribute their talents and skills.