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.
Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to Special Olympics.
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.
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 email@example.com
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!
Share it! It will be published throughout this website and beyond.
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.