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Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place -- one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.


The People of Special Olympics

Words can take you far, but seeing the faces of the people of Special Olympics takes you to their world. Take a tour of the people of Special Olympics in a series of grand photos.  SEE IT ››


Our Athletes

Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics. Our athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities from all around the world. They are finding success, joy and friendship as part of our global community. They're also having lots of fun!

Intellectual disabilities happen in all cultures, races and countries. The goal of Special Olympics is to reach out to the almost 200 million people in the world with ID. Through sports, our athletes are seeing themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. Their world is opened with acceptance and understanding.They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They are also making new friends, as part of the most inclusive community on the planet -- a global community that is growing every day. Our 4.5 million Special Olympics athletes – ages 8 years old and up -- come from more than 170 countries. We also have a Young Athletes program for children ages 2 to 7.
If you or someone you know would like to become a Special Olympics athlete, get in touch with a Special Olympics office near youLearn More about Special Olympics Athletes ››


Our Volunteers

Our volunteers believe that sports has the power to create joy and unity in society. They know this because they've seen it happen again and again. They are coaches and trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers and managers. They are also unified partners -- playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities -- or fans cheering in the stands.  LEARN MORE ››


Our Coaches

Special Olympics coaches are role models and character builders. They teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Every day and in every way, they help empower our athletes through quality sports training and competitions. Our coaches inspire our athletes; in turn, they are inspired as they witness the transformative power of sports.  LEARN MORE ››


Our Families

Families give our athletes the kind of love, support and encouragement that no one else can. Special Olympics is a support network that brings families together in a caring, positive way. Our growing family support network is also a successful force for acceptance and inclusion in communities all around the world.  LEARN MORE ››


Our Founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the global struggle for rights and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities. Eunice Kennedy Shriver believed in justice. But she saw little justice in the way people with intellectual disabilities were treated in the 1950s and 1960s -- and she decided to make a difference. Her revolutionary vision and programs changed the world.  LEARN MORE ››


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The Christmas Records TrustFunding Special Olympics work worldwide.Learn More »


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Annenberg FoundationSupports our goals for coaches’ excellence.Learn More »


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Bank of AmericaProud partner of Special Olympics.Learn More »


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CITGOOfficial Fuel Sponsor for the Unified Relay Across AmericaLearn More »


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Coca-ColaSpecial Olympics Founding Partner.Learn More »


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ESPNGlobal Presenting Sponsor of Unified Sports®.Learn More »


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EssilorOfficial global supplier of ophthalmic lenses.Learn More »


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AIPSGlobal Impact Partner for Special Olympics.Learn More »


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Lions ClubSupports access to quality eye care.Learn More »


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MattelSupports Special Olympics Youth Programs.Learn More »


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MicrosoftRevolutionizing information systems that power our games.Learn more »


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MTM RecognitionSupplier of awards and medals for our athletes.Learn More »


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Perfect Sense DigitalSpecial Olympics' leading digital partner.Learn More »


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Procter & GambleCelebrating over 30 years of partnership with Special Olympics.Learn More »


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SafewayRaises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.Learn More »


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SàfiloSupplies optical frames and sunglasses.Learn More »


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Toys“R”UsHelping children of all abilities experience #MyFirstSportsMomentLearn More »


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UNICEFProvides greater inclusion of children with disabilities.Learn More »


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Y&RPowering our global youth marketing campaign.Learn more »


Special Olympics Blog

The Start of the Solution

Young people from around the globe with and without intellectual disabilities are coming together at the SOGenUin Summit as part of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games with one goal - to change the world.

 

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Posted on 2015-07-23 by Natalie

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