Who We Are

Special Olympics is more than 4.2 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.

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.

Revealing Champions

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

For Decades, A Focused Mission

The history of Special Olympics charts growth from a backyard sports camp to a worldwide movement of millions.
Special Olympics athlete Li Hang Zhang of China at the 2013 World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea.


Spotlight on North America

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Among Champions

Taking his place among sports legends, Special Olympics New Jersey athlete Michael Reed is featured on a Wheaties box that celebrates the upcoming 2014 USA Games. LEARN MORE ››


ABC: Rice engineering students help Special Olympics gymnast go for gold

Please see the video link to ABC news story (Houston; KTRK) regarding an assistive device created by some very bright Rice University engineering students that allows our daughter, Macy Bouchard, to compete on the beam independently. Read More ››

A Unifying Force in New York

Special Olympics New York and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. are partners in a new Unified Sports program, just one of only a few in the United States in which Special Olympics and a state association have collaborated. Read More ››

Sponsors in North America

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Lions Clubs InternationalLion's Club helps provide free athlete health clinics worldwide.
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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

Golf Competition
Golf Masters Competition

Join Special Olympics on May 26-31 at Caesars Golf Course in Macau, China for 6 days of exciting golf competition.

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National Netball Competition
National Netball Championships

Join Special Olympics Great Britain as they host two days of netball competition at the Soar Valley Netball Centre in Leicester, Great Britain.

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Unified Bocce Invitational
Unified Bocce Invitational

Maryland students with and without disabilities will come together and compete in an exhilarating day of bocce competition.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Jun 1, 2014

Test Michigan Area 7 Event

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Jun 2, 2014

Test South Carolina Area 7 Event

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Jun 13 - 21 2014

2014 USA National Games

The USA National Games be centered in and around Princeton and the Greater Mercer County area. Venues will include Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, and Mercer County Park. The New Jersey Devils have offered The Prudential Center as the venue for the Opening Ceremonies. The National Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 14 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 family, friends and spectators. Non-competitive special events will include the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run™ that will symbolize the start of the competition and Healthy Athletes, a place where the athletes can get vital health screenings. Youth and education events will also be held in conjunction with the Games as young leaders rally around making change for the better of the Special Olympics movement and promoting acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.
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Greg Epperson
Email:gepperson@specialolympics.org
Phone:919-785-0700
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Several Locations - New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

Jul 1, 2014
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Basketball Test

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ALAND ISLANDS

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.
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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.
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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!
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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 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

Jan 1 - 1 2013

Test Conference

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dwilson
Email:dwilson@1over0.com
Phone:444-444-2323
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Little Rock Center
4234 Pine Bluff Road

Little Rock, Arkansas
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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Health Needs Need Closer Examination

"You can't compete if your feet hurt, if your teeth hurt or if your ears ache."read more »

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