Welcome To Special Olympics International!

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Special Olympics is a global organization that serves 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.
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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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.

Illinois Contact Info

605 East Willow Street
Normal, IL, USA, 61761

+1 (309) 888-2551

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Upcoming Events

  • 5月
    Special Olympics Special Smiles
    5月 06, 2016
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Special Olympics Special Smiles

    Students and faculty volunteers from the SIU Dental Hygiene program will be providing oral cancer screenings and oral health education to the athletes. Goody bags will be provided for those who participate in the free screening event.

    For more information
    Contact: Jennifer S. Sherry, RDH, MSEd
    Email: clnteth@siu.edu
    Phone: 618-453-8891

    5月 06, 2016
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Southern Illinois University, Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex
    405 Saluki Drive
    Carbondale, Illinois
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