South Carolina

Special Olympics is a global organization that athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.
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It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

South Carolina Contact Info

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1276 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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+1 (803) 772-1555

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Sports Offered

Upcoming Events

  • août 15 - août 12
    Bowling Practice
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    mar. août 15 - mar. août 12, 2025
     
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    Anderson
    South Carolina
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    Bowling Practice

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    mar. août 15 - mar. août 12, 2025
     

    Each week athletes come together for bowling practice. We bowl 3 games. Cost is $1.50/game and that includes shoe rental. We bowl year round.

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    Venue(s)
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    Boulevard Lanes
    4140 Clemson Blvd,
    Anderson, South Carolina
    USA
  • nov. 10 - nov. 12
    South Carolina State Fall Games
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    ven. nov. 10 - dim. nov. 12, 2017
     
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    Greenville
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina State Fall Games

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    ven. nov. 10 - dim. nov. 12, 2017
     

    Special Olympics South Carolina welcomes and estimated 1700+ athletes, partners and coaches for the annual State Fall Games with competitions offered in bocce (under 21 years old), bowling (over 21 years old), disc golf, flag football, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Unified Sports and traditional Special Olympics competition events are offered in each of these sports.


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    Various venues
    Greenville
    Greenville, South Carolina
    USA
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    Coach Certification
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    mar. janv. 02, 2018
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Coach Certification

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    mar. janv. 02, 2018
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Coaches certification for various sports to prepare for the upcoming sports season and competition.


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  • févr. 01 - févr. 28
    South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges
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    jeu. févr. 1 - mer. févr. 28, 2018
     
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    Statewide
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges

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    jeu. févr. 1 - mer. févr. 28, 2018
     

    Multiple Polar Plunge fundraising event take place across the state, mostly during the month of March. Many Unified Champion Schools get involved with the events as a way to raise money and awareness for both Special Olympics South Carolina on a state level as well as their individual school’s Special Olympics program. Youth and other supporters take the plunge into frigid bodies of water on behalf of Special Olympics.


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    Statewide
    Statewide
    Statewide, South Carolina
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  • mars
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    South Carolina State House Rally
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    mar. mars 27, 2018
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    Columbia
    South Carolina
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    South Carolina State House Rally

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    mar. mars 27, 2018

    The South Carolina Youth Activation Committee (YAC) for Unified Champion Schools and Special Olympics South Carolina hosts thousands of supporters from 35+ Unified Champion Schools and the community for a one hour rally at the State House in advocacy for Special Olympics athletes. The event includes a banner competition, entertainment provided by a Unified Champion School, and youth testimonies and messages of acceptance, respect and inclusion for all.


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    South Carolina State House
    1100 Gervais St
    Columbia, South Carolina
    USA
  • mai 11 - mai 13
    South Carolina State Summer Games
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    ven. mai 11 - dim. mai 13, 2018
     
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    Columbia
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina State Summer Games

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    ven. mai 11 - dim. mai 13, 2018
     

    Special Olympics South Carolina hosts more than 1400+ athletes, unified partners and coaches for the State Summer Games at the largest army training base in the country. Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina hosts the event with competition opportunities in aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce (over 21 years old), bowling (under 21 years old), gymnastics and softball.


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    Venue(s)
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    Ft. Jackson – Columbia
    Strom Thurmond Blvd.
    Columbia, South Carolina
    USA
  • mars 14 - mars 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    jeu. mars 14 - jeu. mars 21, 2019
     
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    jeu. mars 14 - jeu. mars 21, 2019
     

    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.

Sports Seasons

  • août 01 - mai 31
    Horseback Riding
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    mar. août 01, 2017
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    Horseback Riding

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    mar. août 01, 2017

    Training sessions with Heroes on horseback. Such a fun and great activity for our athletes.


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  • sept. 11 - mai 03
    Swim Practice
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    lun. sept. 11, 2017
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    Anderson
    South Carolina
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    Swim Practice

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    lun. sept. 11, 2017

    Athletes come to work on and practice swimming skills, strokes and times. We also play water basketball at the end of each practice! We meet in the front of the lobby by 6:45pm and pick up is 8pm.

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    Anderson Area YMCA
    201 E Reed Rd
    Anderson, South Carolina
    USA
  • sept. 25 - nov. 09
    Volleyball Practice
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    lun. sept. 25, 2017
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    Anderson
    South Carolina
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    Volleyball Practice

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    lun. sept. 25, 2017

    Athletes will learn and practice volleyball as a sport. Also, athletes will be working with unified partners.

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    Venue(s)
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    TL Hanna
    2600 SC-81, Anderson
    Anderson, South Carolina
    USA
  • sept. 28 - avr. 26
    Equestrian Practice
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    jeu. sept. 28, 2017
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    Seneca
    South Carolina
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    Equestrian Practice

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    jeu. sept. 28, 2017

    Athletes learn showmanship, proper equine care and flat work. We meet from 10 am-11 am on Thursdays.

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    Hoppin Horse Farm/ Wild Hearts Equine Therapy Center
    135 Jim Joe Rd
    Seneca, South Carolina
    USA

Areas Served