Teens and college students are the future leaders of Special Olympics.
It's the mission of Special Olympics to show the world the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
We have over 4.5 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities around the world.
Our celebrity supporters are Olympians, professional athletes, social leaders, and movie and music stars.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Direction for our movement comes from leaders in government, entertainment, sports and business.
All adults and children with intellectual disabilities can become Special Olympics athletes. Here's how.
Get involved with Special Olympics in your neighborhood. Find the program nearest you.
Get results by sport and team for major Special Olympics competitions.
Explore how Special Olympics is creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all.
Make your year-end donation to Special Olympics now.
Provide dependable funding for our year-round programs.
Celebrate a friend or pay tribute in memory of a loved one with a donation to Special Olympics in their name.
Your fundraising campaign will help us transform more lives through the joy of sports.
Donate with confidence on our secure server.
Newsletter: Sign up and get inspiring stories!
Make A Gift, Change A Life
Our son has medical complexities and learning difficulties. He is an amazing, brave, resilient, funny, caring, thoughtful, cheeky, smart little man who seems to touch the lives of so many people and spread smiles wherever he goes.
I am not a saint. I believe I rather lean towards sinner in the biblical sense but I was educated in the broadest term in the UK where - to the best of my belief - using the R word has never been acceptable.
hi all I'm Hannah mum of three beautiful children and I have two disabled boys my eldest has high functioning autism and global development delay and my youngest was born with a rare condition called a laryngeal cleft ( his food and air pipe was joined together) now since finding out my eldest had a
My Nephew has autism. He is 17 years old but has the mental age of a 10 year old boy. He is a big young adult now, being over 6 ft tall but people hear him talk and judge him and have always used the R-word to describe him.
I arrived in Bournemouth (UK) in 2014 and after few months I heard for the first time about Special Olympics. The only way I could get involved it was being a volunteer and I immediately thought it could be a great opportunity.
I was in a bad place when I met Johnny, and he gave me back my faith in humanity, taught me how to love and believe, and hope again. I owe him everything.
The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are hosting a special reception on 8th September at Downing Street to celebrate Special Olympics Great Britain and their athletes heading to Belgium to represent the country at the 2014 European Summer Games.
I worked at Special Olympics in Scotstoun Glasgow in 2005.. It has left a lasting impression on my life and changed me for the better.
I took part in Special Olympics in Sheffield, Norway and Portsmouth.
I used to go to a day centre where I learned to swim, then I helped teach another person to swim.
When people in my class say this word it's shocking and although they know about my brother they still say it because they don't understand what it means. Education is key.
Society doesn't realize that when you use the r-word you are disabling yourself from seeing the whole person you're hurting.
In an interview with the UK's Metro newspaper, Nicole Scherzinger joins Special Olympics athletes Sophie Dalglish and Tom Hawkins to talk about her new role as a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics.
My step-brother Oscar an amazing brother with autism, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. From the very first time I met Oscar, I knew that I should always treat everyone equally.
I was picked to go to the Special Olympics southern region in Cardiff in Wales. My friend's mum was the coach.
Special Olympics Zambia hosted a Fun Day at the Soloboni Primary School in Kafue where a total of 35 athletes, 7 teachers and 6 parents participated.
Jan Williams/ Head Coach/Wales
I heard this comment by an athlete bowling at the Great Britain Games in Bath. One athlete had just had five strikes, and another athlete said, "Two strikes is a double, three strikes is a turkey, four we say is a double double. What is five strikes?"
Among the disturbing findings of a reseach study conducted in the UK were the facts that men with intellectual disabilities die on average 13 years younger than men without ID, and women with ID die 20 years younger.
I'd heard people using the R word whilst joking around and had always flinched internally, thinking of my 6 year old brother, Thomas. He was born prematurely and very nearly died.
I worked at a large state home for persons with various mental and physical challenges. Over the years, they became my friends.