The Special Olympics builds community over competition

Luke Rose and his family holds up the Circle of Inclusion, the symbol for the Special Olympics World Games. Photo: Luke Rose Family

Luke Rose is a 20-year-old upcoming swimmer from Northridge, California preparing to compete for his first time against 7,000 international athletes representing 177 countries at the pinnacle of his sporting world.

He’ll be swimming in an event set to draw as many as 500,000 visitors to Los Angeles which will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN. And yet,...

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