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The History of Special Olympics

Welcome to Special Olympics! How much do you know about our worldwide movement? Check your knowledge with your quiz.

1) Special Olympics is well known for its world games, held every two years, alternating between summer and winter sports. Beyond the World Games, how many events were held worldwide in 2013?

  • 80
  • 800
  • 8,000
  • 80,000
2) Special Olympics first games were held in Chicago in 1968. Since then, international games have been held in major cities around the world. Which of the following cities have been host to our World Games?

  • Shanghai, China
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Athens, Greece
  • PyeongChang, Republic of Korea
  • All of the above
3) That first Special Olympics Games in Chicago had competitions in which two sports?

  • Athletics and soccer
  • Bocce and floor hockey
  • Athletics and Aquatics
  • Athletics and Volleyball
4) Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities number 4.4 million worldwide. What fraction of people with intellectual disabilities does that represent?

  • About 50 percent
  • About 25 percent
  • About 10 percent
  • Less than 5 percent
5) There are Special Olympics accredited Programs in the United States and many countries around the world. Which of the following is true?

  • Special Olympics has 170 Programs in 226 countries
  • Special Olympics has 170 Programs worldwide
  • Special Olympics has 226 programs in 170 countries
6) Special Olympics is for people with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and older. Which of the following is true, based on 2012 information?

  • About a third of athletes are 15 or younger
  • About two-thirds of athletes are 15 or younger
7) Special Olympics has grown a lot in the last several years and now has 4.4 million athletes worldwide. How many athletes were involved with Special Olympics in 2000?

  • 500,000
  • 1 million
  • 2 million
  • 3 million
8) True or false: Special Olympics is one of only two organization allowed by the U.S. Olympics Committee to use the word "Olympics" in its name.

  • True
  • False
9) The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is our largest grassroots fundraiser. Where was the first Special Olympics torch run held in 1981?

  • Athens, Greece
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • London, England
10) "A Very Special Christmas" is an album, CD and digital series that has sold more than 2 million units worldwide since its debut in 1987. Which of the following artists were on the first album?

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Madonna
  • U2
  • Sting
  • Run-DMC
  • All of the above

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