Steady Growth Around The World

The most recent stats on Special Olympics' reach and growth shows we've reached 4.4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities worldwide.

46 Years of Empowerment

From our first Games in 1968 to 80,000 events a year worldwide, Special Olympics is changing lives everywhere
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, left, at the 1968 Games, and Mohamed Gaballa, a Special Olympics swimmer from Egypt, swimming in a 2014 invitational meet in Los Angeles, California.

What We Do

Special Olympics is making champions around the world through coaching, practice and competition.
Before a relay race in Virginia, an official gives instructions to a runner.

Who We Are

Special Olympics is more than 4.4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities around the world plus families, coaches, volunteers, sponsors and celebrities supporting us every day.
Young volunteers at a health screening clinic in Panama.

Revealing Champions

Our movement is powered in part by young people working every day for people with intellectual disabilities around the world.


Spotlight on North America

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Canada's Games A Success!

Canada's biggest National Games to date offered several "firsts" from sport, to sustainability, to expanded health screenings and more!   LEARN MORE ››


BoulderShares ® helps support Camp Shriver in Haiti

BoulderShares ®, Fondation Digicel, Newton®Running, l’Hopital Dash, and Quisqueya Christian school teamed up with Special Olympics Haiti to host an all girls Camp Shriver in Port-au- Prince last week. Read More ››

Special Olympics changed a life!

On the way home from the Special Olympics Games,Bryan Gentry kept talking about how he loved working with the Special Olympic athletes. He had tasted something far more rewarding than the thrill of victory. Read More ››

Sponsors in North America

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Procter & GambleP&G has supported Special Olympics for more than 32 years.
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Coca-ColaOur founding partner has supported Special Olympics for decades.
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Events Around the WorldGo to the Worldwide Calendar

Masters Golf Competition
Masters Competition

The best Special Olympics golf players in the world will compete for the Cup at the Helsingør Golf Club in Elsinore, Denmark.

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Europe/Eurasia Games
Europe/Eurasia Games

More than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries in Europe and Eurasia will come to Antwerp, Belgium and compete in 10 summer sports.

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Pakistan Games
Pakistan Games

Over 600 athletes from around country will compete in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

Aug 1 - 3 2014

Savaii Summer Games

Join u on August 1-9 as over a 1,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners will come together for 3 days of competition in 6 sports in the city of Toga. Athletes will compete in athletics, badminton, gymnastics, masters bocce, powerlifting, softball, and swimming.
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:216-2224-1946
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Savaii National Stadium
1133 19th St. NW

Toga, Savaii
AMERICAN SAMOA

Sep 1, 2014
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Alabama Summer Games

Bocce is an Italian game. The basic principle of the sport is to roll a bocce ball closest to the target ball, which is called a pallina. Bocce as a Special Olympics sport provides people with special needs the opportunity to have social contact, develop physically and to gain self-confidence. Next to soccer and golf, bocce is the third most participated sport in the world.
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:2162241946
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Stadium
1627 Lamont St NW

Washington, Colorado
UNITED STATES

Sep 1, 2014
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Basketball Cali

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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
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Various Venues
1627 Lamont St NW

Washington, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 1 - 3 2014

Upolu Summer Games

Join u on September 1-3 as over a 1,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners will come together for 3 days of competition in 6 sports in the city of Toga. Athletes will compete in athletics, badminton, gymnastics, masters bocce, powerlifting, softball, and swimming.
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:216-2224-1946
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Upolu National Stadium
1133 19th St. NW

Apia, Upolu
AMERICAN SAMOA

Sep 1, 2014
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

California Summer Games

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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:2162241946
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Various Venues
1627 Lamont St NW

Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

Sep 1, 2014
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Samoa TEST event

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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:239-775-1991
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Various Venues
1627 Lamont St NW

Washington, District of Columbia
SAMOA

Sep 8, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Algeria Summer Games

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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:239-775-1991
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Stadium
11300 Dunn Rd.

Washington, District of Columbia
ALGERIA

Sep 8, 2014
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Savaii Track Meet

Join us on Friday, September 8th at Savaii National Stadium in Toga, Savaii as athletes from around the area compete in track & field. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:216-2224-1946
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Savaii National Stadium
1133 19th St. NW

Toga, Savaii
AMERICAN SAMOA

Sep 10 - 22 2014

China Summer Games

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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:239-775-1991
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Stadium
1015 High School Dr.

Washington, District of Columbia
CHINA

Sep 13, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Upolu Track Meet

Join us on Wednesday, September 13th at Upolu National Stadium in Apia, Upolu as athletes from around the area compete in track & field. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
For more information
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:216-2224-1946
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Upolu National Stadium
1133 19th St. NW

Apia, Upolu
AMERICAN SAMOA

Oct 1 - 4 2014

Turkey Summer Games

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Turky Center
7773 Turkdy

Instanbul, state center
TURKEY

Oct 6 - 10 2014

Colombia Summer Games

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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:2162241946
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Columbia State
1627 Lamont St NW

Washington, District of Columbia
COLOMBIA

Oct 7, 2014

Somoa Test 2 Event

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Rafael Pacheco
Email:program@specialolympicshawaii.org
Phone:206-362-4949 x 212
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Various Venues
1015 High School Dr.

Denver, Colorado
SAMOA

Oct 30, 2014
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Great Upolu Run

Get your laces tied up and sign up to this fantastic event, offering you the choice to run 4 different course lengths. You can choose from the Full Marathon, a Marathon Relay, the Half-Marathon or a Six Mile course. Training schedules are provided no matter what length you choose, so why not get involved? Run your personal best in Upolu! And be proud to be part of the Special Olympics America Samoa team! Sign up and full information on the event and different options are available at www.upolurun.com.
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Rafael Pacheco
Email:pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone:216-2224-1946
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Apia Central Park
1133 19th St. NW

Apia, Upolu
AMERICAN SAMOA

Nov 1 - 9 2014

Chile Summer Games

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Rafael Pachedco
Email:pachwco1122gmail.com
Phone:222-222-9480
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venue
1111 Ball Park

Concepcion, Chilll
CHILE

Nov 1 - 9 2014

Chile Summer Games

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Rafael Pachedco
Email:pachwco1122gmail.com
Phone:222-222-9480
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venue
1111 Ball Park

Concepcion, Chilll
CHILE

Nov 1, 2014
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Michigan Area 1 Polar Plunge

A polar plunge is a great way to raise money for Special Olympics. The way it works is this: someone decides to do the plunge, and they get people they know to sponsor them. On the day of the polar plunge, they go jump in cold water, shiver a lot, and then report back that they have done it. Fundraising ensues.
For more information
Will Schermerhorn
Email:will@blueberryshoes.com
Phone:7033381776
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Lake Vostok
123 Main Street

Delta, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Nov 4 - 10 2014

Area 1 Torch Run

A polar plunge is a great way to raise money for Special Olympics. The way it works is this: someone decides to do the plunge, and they get people they know to sponsor them. On the day of the polar plunge, they go jump in cold water, shiver a lot, and then report back that they have done it. Fundraising ensues.
For more information
Will Schermerhorn
Email:will@blueberryshoes.com
Phone:7033381776
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The Flaming Torch
1234 Oak Street

Menominee, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Nov 5 - 10 2014

Area 2 Polar Plunge

A polar plunge is a great way to raise money for Special Olympics. The way it works is this: someone decides to do the plunge, and they get people they know to sponsor them. On the day of the polar plunge, they go jump in cold water, shiver a lot, and then report back that they have done it. Fundraising ensues.
For more information
Will Schermerhorn
Email:will@blueberryshoes.com
Phone:7033381776
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Lake Powell
1 Powell Plaze

Antrim, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Dec 1, 2014
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Basketball Tournament

The White Oak Panthers will take on the Loudoun County Blazers in their second match-up this season. The Blazers defeated the Panthers in both games at their first tournament, so the Panthers will be looking for a chance to even the score. The Blazers bring an experienced core of tallish middle schoolers to bear, while the Panthers have an equally experienced and scrappy defense-heavy team. Come cheer for both teams!
For more information
Will Schermerhorn
Email:wschermerhorn@specialolympics.org
Phone:7033381776
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White Oaks Elementary School
1916 Oak Place Court

Vienna, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Dec 1 - 8 2014

South Africa Summer Games

One of our top Coaching Excellence goals calls for ongoing coaches’ education; this includes partnering with sports organizations to provide the highest and most up-to-date level of coaching knowledge. Coaching Excellence education helps our coaches better recognize each athlete’s potential. It also comes into play as we increase training and competition opportunities so that each athlete can reach -- or exceed -- their personal best.
For more information
Will Schermerhorn
Email:wschermerhorn@specialolympics.org
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Father O'Riley's Catholic School
1916 Aubrey Place Court

Vienna, Virginia
SOUTH AFRICA

Dec 10, 2014
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Area 2 Torch Run

A polar plunge is a great way to raise money for Special Olympics. The way it works is this: someone decides to do the plunge, and they get people they know to sponsor them. On the day of the polar plunge, they go jump in cold water, shiver a lot, and then report back that they have done it. Fundraising ensues.
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Benzie High School
123 Benzie Boulevard

Benzie, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jun 1 - 1 2018

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Dover River City Hall
3423 Water ave.

Dover, Delaware
UNITED STATES

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