Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
It's the mission of Special Olympics to show the world the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
We have more than 5.6 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and unified partners around the world.
Our celebrity supporters are Olympians, professional athletes, social leaders, and movie and music stars.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Direction for our movement comes from leaders in government, entertainment, sports and business.
All adults and children with intellectual disabilities can become Special Olympics athletes. Here's how.
Get involved with Special Olympics in your neighborhood. Find the program nearest you.
Get involved with our Unified Sports, a quick path to friendship and fun.
Special Olympics has events and competitions happening in places all around the world. View our events.
Get results by sport and team for major Special Olympics competitions.
Explore how Special Olympics is creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all.
Your gift of $35 will help train an athlete for an entire season. Give today!
Discover the many ways you can support Special Olympics through your estate plans.
Make a donation and send a card in celebration or honor of a loved one.
Your efforts will help transform more lives through the joy of sports. Get started today!
Donate with confidence on our secure server.
Newsletter: Sign up and get inspiring stories!
Make a Difference
In Unified Sports, teams mix people with and without intellectual disabilities. It's fun for everyone. Learn more
The summer games come to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 2019.
In July 2018, Special Olympics begins a year-long celebration of 50 years of joy, courage and empowerment.
The USA games come to Seattle Washington 1 to 6 July 2018.
From 16-20 April 2018, 1,000 Special Olympics Australia athletes will compete in 11 sports!
Special Olympics Kenya will hold Coaches Training for 32 coaches in the Maua Basin Hotel in Meru County, Upper Eastern, Kenya.
More than 400 athletes and Unified partners comprising 28 teams from throughout the United States and Canada will be competing in the sport of softball in Special Olympics traditional team and Unified Sports (people with and without intellectual disabilities playing as teammates) formats.
Como parte de los esfuerzos para crear un mundo más inclusivo, Olimpiadas Especiales se une a las conferencistas Marisa Azaret, colaboradora de CNN en Español, y Tuti Furlán, reconocida comunicadora guatemalteca, para educar y ofrecer, a jóvenes y adultos, herramientas y recomendaciones para erradicar el bullying. Este evento se realizará el lunes 21 de agosto en Ciudad de Guatemala. Adquiera su entrada llamando a Olimpiadas Especiales Guatemala al +502 2361-7916 o a través de TodoTicket. Apoye la inclusión participando con el hashtag #NoMasBullying. /
As part of the efforts to create a more inclusive world, Special Olympics joins the speakers Marisa Azaret, a CNN en Español collaborator, and Tuti Furlán, a renowned Guatemalan communicator, to educate and offer youth and adults tools and recommendations for Eradicate bullying. This event will be held on Monday, August 21 in Guatemala City. Acquire your ticket by calling Special Olympics Guatemala at +502 2361-7916 or through TodoTicket. Support inclusion by participating with the #NoMasBullying hashtag.
Share it! It will be published throughout this website and beyond.
Special Olympics South Carolina welcomes Special Olympics athletes training in the sport of kayaking for a one-day competitive event. The competition provides races for both Unified Sports teams and traditional Special Olympics athletes.
100 athletes from 10 countries will participate in this years European Unified Volleyball Tournament in Katowice Poland.
Special Olympics South Carolina will host more than 400 middle and high school students from Unified Champion Schools statewide for a one-day leadership conference. The students, with and without intellectual disabilities, will explore ways of leading the Unified Champion School movement in their schools and communities while connecting with other youth leaders who share in this movement.
The Academy offers participants a great opportunity to think about their role. It provides leader in the Special Olympics Movement with tools for performance improvement.
The Southeast Regional Golf Tournament will be held at Four Oaks Course in Pittsburg, Kansas. Youth tee times begin at 9:00am and adult tee times at 12:00pm. For more information contact use the contact info below.
We are expecting 200 athletes and Unified partners to participate in our 2nd State Bocce Tournament. Over 300 athletes are expected to participate in our State Softball Tournament. Teams will compete in traditional team slow-pitch, Unified slow-pitch and t-ball competition over this two day tournament.
One More Tri, the only unified triathlon in the state, embraces the idea that sports can unify all of us. It's more than a race - it’s a Unified Triathlon Experience where triathletes of all skill levels compete side-by-side with Special Olympics athletes. This race is inspired by a simple principle: the act of competing together ensures a quick path to understanding, acceptance, and friendship. All proceeds support Special Olympics New Jersey, a non-profit organization that provides free year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 25,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The State Soccer & Bocce Tournament will be held on September 24 at the Lone Elm Park, 21151 W 167th, Olathe KS. The competition will begin at 8:00a.m. and end around 4:00p.m. For more information, contact Tim Rehder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are going to experience opportunities to: Embrace each other’s differences and celebrates success in various situations: Learn about strategies to overcoming adversity; Foster creative solutions to solve problems for all abilities by using teamwork and communication: Develop leadership traits in how to lead a team in a way that is respectful, encouraging, and inclusive.
Join us on Saturday, October 14th at Maplewood Lanes in Omaha, Nebraska as athletes and their Unified partners compete in Unified Bowling competition.
It will be the battle of the badges when Law Enforcement, First Responders and the community take to the basketball courts to earn bragging rights as the best basketball team in all of Las Vegas! Teams are limited to 3 - 5 players and registration is only $30 per person. Teams are encouraged to raise additional funds and those who raise a minimum of $1,000 will have a Special Olympics athlete play on their team. Spectators are welcome and will be asked to make a donation at the door.
Unified Basketball Matches will be held at Sumner Academy, 1610 N 8th St, Kansas City, Kansas and Washburn Rural High School, 5900 SW 61st St, Topeka, Kansas, on October 15.
Please contact Clint Armistead at email@example.com for more information
Athletes will come from around North America to compete in Levels 1-5 in Singles, Doubles and Unified match play. Van der Meer Tennis Center in the Shipyard Plantation on Hilton Head Island is hosting the event Oct 19-22.
This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state. Join us October 20-22 at Pelican Park and Robicheaux Center in Carencro, Louisiana as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics, horseshoes, and softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. Sign up today to play, coach, or volunteer for this event.
The 2017 Youth Leadership Summit that will gather over 200 middle and high school students from Corvallis and surrounding areas to ignite their passion for promoting inclusion, equality and respect in their schools and communities.
The North Central Regional Volleyball will be held October 28 at Southeast of Saline High School, 5056 KS - 4, Gypsum, Kansas 67448. The competition will be from 9:00am to 1:00pm. For more information, contact Krystin Guggisberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
This event will bring together all official middle and high school Unified Soccer teams in Oregon to compete in a regional tournament. If you are interested in volunteering to keep score, please let us know and we can provide more information!
Join us on November 5th in Overland Park, Kansas at Shawnee Mission West High School as our athletes and their Unified Partners participate in Unified Basketball Tournament competition. Please contact Clint Armistead at email@example.com for more information.
You can follow us through Weibo and Wechat @国际特奥会 to get more information.
Special Olympics South Carolina welcomes and estimated 1700+ athletes, partners and coaches for the annual State Fall Games with competitions offered in bocce (under 21 years old), bowling (over 21 years old), disc golf, flag football, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Unified Sports and traditional Special Olympics competition events are offered in each of these sports.
This will be our 13th State Unified Tournament. We are expecting 300 bowlers to participate in doubles and team events.
This is a welcoming environment that uses sports as a tool to defeat intolerance. Schools that participate in Unified Bowling are not required to bowl five days a week nor have a background in bowling to participate. Instead, we want students to work together, learn from each other and to have fun bowling!
The John L Cassidy Heartland Winter Games will be held in Weston, Missouri, St Joseph, Missouri and Atchison, Kansas. Competitions will be held in Alpine Skiing, Snowshoeing, Cross Country, Figure Skating and Speed Skating. Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:15pm on Wednesday, January 24. For more information, use the contact info below.
Multiple Polar Plunge fundraising event take place across the state, mostly during the month of March. Many Unified Champion Schools get involved with the events as a way to raise money and awareness for both Special Olympics South Carolina on a state level as well as their individual school’s Special Olympics program. Youth and other supporters take the plunge into frigid bodies of water on behalf of Special Olympics.
Program leaders, national directors, board chairpersons and Regional Athlete Input Council members will gather for the annual Africa Leadership Conference. The leadership conference agenda includes some important sessions such as the Special Olympics Connect, the 50th Anniversary celebrations, Fundraising, and many more. The Africa Region Leadership Conference has been held every year since 2014, and delegates are looking forward to this enriching event!
The Regional games will take place from 14- 23 March 2018 with the participation of around 1800 athletes competing in 16 different sports , 450 coaches, 3000 volunteers and 100 honored guests. On the sidelines of the games several initiatives will be held: Healthy athletes program- Families forum- Young athletes demo- Youth Summit.
The South Carolina Youth Activation Committee (YAC) for Unified Champion Schools and Special Olympics South Carolina hosts thousands of supporters from 35+ Unified Champion Schools and the community for a one hour rally at the State House in advocacy for Special Olympics athletes. The event includes a banner competition, entertainment provided by a Unified Champion School, and youth testimonies and messages of acceptance, respect and inclusion for all.
The pinnacle event of the Special Olympics Australia calendar, 1,000 athletes with intellectual disability will compete in 11 sports in Adelaide at the 11th National Summer Games. Competition will inlcude: Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and Tennis.
Special Olympics South Carolina hosts more than 1400+ athletes, unified partners and coaches for the State Summer Games at the largest army training base in the country. Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina hosts the event with competition opportunities in aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce (over 21 years old), bowling (under 21 years old), gymnastics and softball.
The State Summer Games will be held in Maize, June 1-3. Competition events on Friday are: Swimming, Cycling and Tennis. The Track & Field Events will be held Saturday & Sunday. Opening Ceremonies will take place on Friday, June 1. For more information about Summer Games, please contact Tim Rehder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Circa 1,600 athletes from all corners of Ireland will participate in the 4-day residential Games in 13 sports competitions and a Motor Activities Training Programme. Competitions will include Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, Table Tennis, and Pitch & Putt.
The spark that became today's Special Olympics movement ignited at the first 1968 International Summer Games in Chicago, Ill., USA. Five decades later, we are returning to Chicago to launch the year-long Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Here's what we have planned so far:
From 17 to 21 July, the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Football Cup competition will team people with and without intellectual disabilities from all over the world. A total of 24 teams -- from every region of the world -- will take part. These include 16 men's teams and eight women's teams.
On 20 July, The Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Law Enforcement Torch Run Commemorative Run will include Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from Illinois and elsewhere.
On 22 July, in Chicago and around the world, a day for everyone to celebrate the history of Special Olympics and its bright future. Athletes from the first 1968 Games will be joined by today's athletes to tell their stories of empowerment. Members of the public, Special Olympics families and others come together on the playing field for Unified Sports experiences. Change the Game Day will be a global festival of togetherness and sharing for all.
Join us as we play together, learn from each other, and chart an inspiring course for the future!
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.