Student Reporters for Scholastic News Online report live from Ireland!
Members of the Global Youth Summit, now the Global Youth Advisory Council for the Special Olympics, pose for one last group photo at the World Games closing ceremonies at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: Suzanne Freeman)

From June 21 to July 1, Student Reporters from the Global Youth Summit covered the Special Olympics World Games in Dublin, Ireland, for Scholastic News Online. Their reporting reflects each student's unique culture, language, and voice. Stories and interviews were translated from Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, and even Tshivenda, one of many languages spoken in South Africa.

Stories include reports on meetings with Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa; and Rod Paige, the U.S. Secretary of Education. Student Reporters attended opening and closing ceremonies and hundreds of events in between. They also taped a discussion forum for MTV and made a presentation to athlete families about their work on the Global Youth Summit.

All their stories are presented here, from opening to closing, with the focus on the athletes and their abilities, so read on and find out what it means to be a Special Olympics athlete.