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 more than 5.6 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and unified partners 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 involved with our Unified Sports, a quick path to friendship and fun.
Special Olympics has events and competitions happening in places all around the world. View our events.
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Cecelia Ann Corda Bosche
I will forever be grateful to the Special Olympics, and Unified Sports. I was a sophomore at Catoctin High School, Thurmont, MD, when I began participating. We would gather three times a week for practice and competition. Competing with my special needs teammates was an amazingly enriching and re
Some years ago my youngest daughter (aged 4) was asked "what's the matter with him?" about her brother's best friend
I was 17 years old when my second baby brother was born (I am now 20). They changed my entire mindset and vocabulary.
By Maureen Clarke
Nine high school students enthusiastically embraced the role of volunteer as they underwent training at the newly launched Young Athletes site in Smorgoni, Belarus.
By Bettina Lehmann
By Aaron Mills
This is the first year my school has done this, so it's amazing to see what we have accomplished
A week ago, I had a life-changing experience. My best friend called me the R-word.
Hopefully, in my lifetime, the word will end and my children and grandchildren will not even know the word existed.
Katie McGinty Botha
The first major phase of the 24-month USAID-supported “Play Unified” project in Serbia ended with pledges from 20 schools to continue the success of the program.
Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International, gave a keynote address to more than 500 school sport professionals at the YST's National Conference.
Martha Jo Braycich
By East Asia Staff
There was one conference that we hosted that changed my life completely. That conference was Special Olympics. Every time I talk about this I just get so excited because it was such an empowering experience.
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