It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
Founded in 1995, Special Olympics Northern California provides services and opportunities to 16,000 athletes, supported by 14,370 volunteer coaches, and we host 152 competitions annually. Additionally, more than 4,600 special education student-athletes participate in our Schools Partnership Program with the support of 15,000 general education peer partners.
Through sports, health, education and community programming, Special Olympics is tackling inactivity, intolerance, isolation and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities throughout the world face. In addition to sports, our programmatic offerings currently include: Young Athletes Program, Project UNIFY and Law Enforcement Torch Run.