Welcome To Special Olympics International!

We are a global organization with programs in 170 countries. This site may be customized by language and geographic region.

Ohio

The mission of Special Olympics Ohio is to provide year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, home, job and community.
The Power of Sport. For every Special Olympics athlete, there are many more waiting for their chance. Help us reach one more person who wants to participate.  
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Special Olympics Ohio has approximately 200 local member organizations and over 24,000 athletes who are in training and competition. These organizations originate from County Boards of MR/DD, public schools, developmental centers, parks and recreation departments, churches and parent and community groups.

Sports and Competition
Special Olympics Ohio hosts seven state events every year and our local organizations host about 75.  State competitions include Golf, Bowling, Aquatics, Softball, Winter Games, Basketball, Summer Games.  See all of our upcoming sports events.

If you know someone interested in competing for Special Olympics Ohio, please contact our office or go to our website to find your area’s point of contact.   

Get Involved Today
Our organization is run almost entirely by volunteers. Over 12,000 individuals donate their time each year to provide the sports training and competition opportunities across the state.  Special Olympics Ohio depends on these volunteers for our state competitions and our local programs keep many volunteers busy as coaches and partners.  Volunteer today!

Special Olympics Ohio runs several fundraisers throughout the year to support our events.  We highly encourage people to attend and/or participate in these events. Fundraiser events range from our energetic and exciting Polar Plunges to a night at the Cleveland Indians’ baseball game.  Join us at an event!

Whether you are interested in coaching, officiating or assisting with an event, we have ample opportunities for you to get involved with Special Olympics Ohio.  We hope to see you at one of our sporting or fundraising events soon! Check out our pictures from our past events.

Ohio Contact Info

3303 Winchester Pike
Columbus, OH 43232

+1 (614) 239-7050

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Upcoming Events

  • جمادى الثانية 15 - جمادى الثانية 26
    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
    الثلاثاء جمادى الثانية 15 - السبت جمادى الثانية 26, 1438
     
    6 venues
    Austria

    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

    الثلاثاء جمادى الثانية 15 - السبت جمادى الثانية 26, 1438
     

    The Special Olympics World Winter Games were held in Austria in 1993 and will be returning to the country in 2017. The Games will be held throughout Austria in three primary locations: in Graz (the second largest city in Austria and capital of the Styria region), Schladming (host city of the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1982 and 2013) and Ramsau (host city of the Nordic Skiing World Championships in 1999).


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Opening Ceremony
    Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen
    Coburgstraße 52
    Schladming
    Austria
    Team Competitions
    Stadthalle Graz
    Messeplatz 1
    Graz
    Austria
    Competitions in floorball, floor hockey and stick shooting will be held on the first floor of Stadthalle Graz.
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