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.
Get results by sport and team for major Special Olympics competitions.
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Every day people call me the R-Word just because I have Asperger's syndrome and it makes me feel like I do not belong in this world.
We are excited to announce that Special Olympics Project UNIFY has appointed six new members to the National Youth Activation Committee.
I am finally home from New Jersey. I got 2 gold medals and a 6th place. I had lots of fun with team Rhode Island.
Kids with autism/disabilities have a hard time understanding but also there's some nice people around that actually would take the time to learn about some kids cannot even speak up for there rights either.
Me and my sister and friend volunteer with Special Olympics. We have been doing this for almost 4 years now. Not only are the athletes my friends, i consider them my family.
I was chosen to be a part of the Rhode Island team going to the USA National Games in New Jersey in 2014. I was chosen because I am good at running and throwing, and I am friendly and a good team player.
We had an assembly in school about "Spread the Word to End the Word" and learned all about the cause. We were asked how many of us had used the r-word before.
Beth Upham- MOM
I was very honored to represent Special Olympics Rhode Island at Capitol Hill Day this week! I had four successful meetings with our state's congressmen and senators.
My brother is a hero to me, he just doesn't know it. My brother may look normal but has no speech and is very much mentally disabled.
Veronica Lynn Schenck
When the practices for the Rhode Island Special Olympics starts up again, I would like to have a moment of silence.