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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.
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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.

Founded in 1973, Special Olympics Minnesota provides services and opportunities to more than 7,800 athletes, supported by 7,324 volunteer coaches, and we host 92 competitions annually.

Through sports, health, education and community programming, Special Olympics is tackling inactivity, intolerance, isolation and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities throughout the world face. In addition to sports, our programmatic offerings currently include: Athlete Leadership Programs, Healthy Athletes, Healthy Communities, Young Athletes Program, R-word Campaign, Youth Activation Committee, Special Olympics Unified Sports, and Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Minnesota Contact Info

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100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 550
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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+1 (612) 604-1261

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Upcoming Events

  • Jan 24 - Jan 28
    30th Anniversary - Northland 300
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    Wed Jan 24 - Sun Jan 28, 2018
     
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    Ely
    Minnesota
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    30th Anniversary - Northland 300

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    Wed Jan 24 - Sun Jan 28, 2018
     

    This is a 4 day snowmobiling fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota. To date $4.3Million has been raised

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    Grand Ely Lodge
    400 N. Pioneer Rd
    Ely, Minnesota
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    Lodge in northern Minnesota
  • Mar 14 - Mar 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 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.
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