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 5.3 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.
Explore how Special Olympics is creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all.
Your gift of $35 will help train an athlete for an entire season. Give today!
Discover the many ways you can support Special Olympics through your estate plans.
Make a donation and send a card in celebration or honor of a loved one.
Your efforts will help transform more lives through the joy of sports. Get started today!
Donate with confidence on our secure server.
Newsletter: Sign up and get inspiring stories!
Make a Difference
My names is Doug. I am the morale building coach of the Red Bandits of Summit, NJ.
Lee S Blakeman
I thought I was too old to play basketball as I am 56 years old but over the course of the season I learned differently.
My name is Matt. I'm a special olympics Virginia athlete from area eight. A couple of years ago, I met a student athlete from Linfield college in Oregon named Montana. Montana was a star pitcher for her team playing for NCAA division three women's softball in Salem, Virginia.
I started competing with Special Olympics at the age of 8. One day, my gym teacher and Basketball coach Pat Sanft came into our classromm and told me that we have a basketball team. I was so thrilled to play basketball for the first time on the Bancroft Bulldogs.
Rebecca Marie Shepherd
I have been involved in Special Olympics in Mississippi as an athlete since I was in high school and I have truly enjoyed it.
Alice D. Doun
Georgios Panayides/ Eleni Rossides
At just 19 years old, Yasmin Neal of Forsyth County is already a seasoned Special Olympics athlete.
By Maureen Rabbitt
I started with Special Olympics in Michigan when I was 19. I competed in state basketball twice, once winning gold, one silver.
Players from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Women’s Basketball Team worked with Special Olympic athletes enhance their basketball skills.
Jared Travis Domaschko
By Kimberly Sampson
By Betty Zhang
This week, Uvurkhangai Province held its first Special Olympics games, a two-day event with 36 athletes competing in shot-put, long jump, track, powerlifting, volleyball, and basketball.
By Josh Kaplan
Special Olympics is excited to announce our partnership with the Jr. NBA. The Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour is the league’s youth basketball participation program that teaches the fundamentals and values of the game at the grassroots level to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for all.
I have loved basketball since I was 8 years old. I have grand mal seizure, ADHD; I’m currently in high school. Growing up was really hard for me because I didn’t have any friends at all, & I would get bullied a lot.