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.
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These stories are about the power of Special Olympics to inspire hope, confidence and courage. Special Olympics changes lives through sport.
Lori Lane Pendleton
Thanks to these special athletes and their families for taking the time to share themselves with us. They have made our world a better place by teaching people how to care. Tom Healy volunteered at the 1968 games and was forever inspired by the athletes. The Special Olympians sparked within him...
Lisa A. Smith
Dr. Jane Delaney
Fifty years ago, I worked for the Chicago Park District in the administration building during my summer break from university. I had the pleasure to meet and work for Anne McGlone—a sensitive, bright, and creative young woman, who worked in the Department of Recreation.
Hi my name is Kathleen Moran and I am part of Best Buddies and the current president at my high school in Cheshire Connecticut. I also am the leader of our unified team at CHS and all our athletes are in this video. I wanted to share our clubs video about Inclusion we made this year.
I left work one day to catch the metro bus back to Downtown when there was lady I've seen before at the library at the bus stop. Normally, we don't just outright talk to strangers but she turned to me and started talking.
Donna M Allen
Shirley L. Johnson
In 1968, I was asked if I wanted to chaperon 4 girls to the first Special Olympics World Games. I said I would be delighted. My favorite saying is "Special Olympics is very Contagious. Go to one event and you are hooked on it."
For 3 years I’ve been attending this event and has been more popular in Orange California. Special Olympics was the first to offer games. Throughout the year Special Olympics program they do the pledge as well as the athletic oath.
Matthew Brian Fenton
Replace the R word with "Respect" and drop the word "Dis" from Ability. Ability comes first. Be a friend be a proud partner of people with special needs and think about what we can do instead of what we "can't" do. I enjoy Special Olympics and it has changed my life for the better.
I love the Special Olympics it gives me hope and make friends all around the county's plus being athlete ambassador it feels like home when people tells me stories how Special Olympics helps them. I reach out to a family who didn't knew about the Special Olympics...
Kyle K. Sianjina
I do Special Olympics! I run the 3000 m and I finally got 1st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have a student who has ASD. He very much lives within his own world. At the beginning of the year when we would go to the gym and play, I watched him grab a basketball and be very content bouncing his basketball around the gym by himself.
I am often asked what a "paraprofessional" is and what my job duties are. I simply reply. "I work with children that have disabilities. Most often, the response you receive is "wow! that is amazing! You are a very special person and have such a kind heart." However, I don't look at my profession and
As a mother of a son with Down’s, we have faced plenty of discrimination. But he is a joy to all he meets. Saying the r-word shows insensitivity and ignorance. It is hurtful and demeaning.
Maggie Deweese and Katie McGhee
My name is Madeline rose hamm. I learned not to say anything about the R word. I will end the word. I have friends and family to support. We know who we are. I am not gonna let anyone to bring people down
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My dream was going to National (USA Games) and my dream came true in 2014. Don't stop dreaming and believing. Your dream will come true.
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What I like to volunteer for the special Olympics Chicago is meet others volunteers gives then pep talk just like a captain helped the special Olympics teams winning but to have fun also staff family members come to watching the star in the special Olympics championship for ever and ever happy anniv