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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.
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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

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3303 Winchester Pike
Columbus, OH 43232

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+1 (614) 239-7050

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Upcoming Events

  • شوال
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    Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day
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    الخميس شوال 26, 1438
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    Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

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    الخميس شوال 26, 1438
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    On 20 July 2017, the seventh global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day will be celebrated around the world, bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities in various activities to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. In celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, Special Olympics encourages each community, from every corner of the world, to engage in sports activities focused on welcoming people with and without intellectual disabilities.


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  • رجب 07 - رجب 14
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    الخميس رجب 7 - الخميس رجب 14, 1440
     

    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.


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    Opening Ceremony

    Zayed Sports City Stadium
    Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Zayed Sports City Stadium, is an iconic multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest stadium in the UAE with more than 43,000 seats.
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