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South Africa

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.

South Africa Contact Info

Unit 300
Ground Floor, Process House
Epsom Downs Office Park
13 Sloane Street
Bryanston, 2152
Johannesburg, South Africa

+27 11 706 3323

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Upcoming Events

  • Mar
    13
    Special Olympics South Africa World Winter Games Send Off
    Mon Mar 13, 2017
    13:00:00 - 14:30:00
    Johannesburg
    Gauteng
    South Africa

    Special Olympics South Africa World Winter Games Send Off

    Mon Mar 13, 2017
    13:00:00 - 14:30:00

    Special Olympics South Africa will be hosting a send off function for our National team at Midrand Conference Centre, north of Johannesburg on the 13th Of March 2017. Our team will be joined by the Honourable Deputy Minister of Sport, Mr Gert Oousthuizen, Special Olympics South Africa Chairperson Dr, Mathews Phosa as well as Special Olympics Ambassadors, Letshego Zulu, Melanie Ramjee, Mark Fish, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Lil red, Diamond Thopola, Rofhiwa Maemu, David Rees and Quinn Brown amongst others. An enthusiastic team of 32 individuals consisting of athletes, coaches and support staff will depart on the 13th to Graz in Austria to attend the games. The SOSA athletes will be competing in 3 different sports codes, floor hockey, figure skating and short speed skating.


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    Venue(s)
    Midrand Conference Centre
    661 Pendulum Rd, Halfway House Ext 12, Midrand
    Johannesburg, Gauteng
    South Africa
  • Mar 14 - Mar 25
    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
    Tue Mar 14 - Sat Mar 25, 2017
     
    6 venues
    Austria

    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

    Tue Mar 14 - Sat Mar 25, 2017
     

    The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in 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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  • Mar
    19
    2017 Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards
    Sun Mar 19, 2017
    11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
    Schladming
    Austria
    USA

    2017 Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards

    Sun Mar 19, 2017
    11:00 AM - 01:30 PM

    Celebrate the Golisano Foundation’s investment in and impact on inclusive health as an example of how partners are helping to change the game for people with intellectual disabilities. 7 partners be honored at this event.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Sport Royer Hotel
    Europapl. 583
    Schladming, Austria
    USA
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