The new numbers
about Special Olympics are laid out in the new 2011 Reach Report. The
important, impressive numbers are summarized in this infographic.
At the first games in 1968, Special Olympics was a bold idea with about
1,000 participants. It took decades to reach 1 million athletes with
intellectual disabilities; that milestone came in 2000. This year, Special
Olympics' reach exceeds 4 million athletes.
That may not be the most
impressive number, though. Consider that Special Olympics had 53,601
competitions in 2011. Not practices, but competitions in one or more of our 32
That means that on an average day, there are 146 competitions
going on around the world. Each of those competitions represents many hours of
training and practice by our athletes. And supporting those athletes are
306,652 volunteer coaches.