About Special Olympics

Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities overcome barriers through sports. Every day we empower our athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life. Special Olympics has been offering people with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competitions in Olympic-style sports since 1968. Our more than 32 individual and team sports – from Alpine Skiing to Volleyball – provide quality training and well-matched sporting events. Win or lose, the goal is always to be brave in the attempt!

Our Mission

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. In all that we do, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.

Help Us Reach One More Athlete

Your support of Special Olympics transforms lives. For every Special Olympics champion, there is another who is waiting for the chance to win. As little as $35, depending on sport and location, can help train an athlete for a season. Your efforts to raise funds for Special Olympics are vital and will help that person realize a wider world of talent and potential through the power and joy of sports.

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