No other organized event in the world has the social and emotional impact of the Special Olympics World Games.
For the athletes and their families, the experience opens doors to unimagined possibilities. For volunteers, coaches and other supporters from all parts of the world, the Games inspire hope and belief in a brighter future of global acceptance, understanding and unity.
The World Games are flagship events for the Special Olympics Movement. They take place every two years and alternate between Summer and Winter Games. The Games can be the world's largest sporting event of the year. Thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters attend to see and cheer the skills and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities.
The World Games feature more than a week of grueling, yet inspiring, competition among thousands of athletes. Through media coverage of the Games, the stories and achievements of our athletes are seen by millions of people worldwide.
All around the world, our athletes train for months ahead of the big event. Special Olympics Puerto Rico athlete Rose Farinacci has seen how much hard work goes into the World Games, but also how much heart: "My whole country is watching me," she says. "So I'm going to keep listening and keep pushing forward. I'm going to win and be a champion."