We are a global organization with programs in 170 countries. This site may be customized by language and geographic region.
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 4.7 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.
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
volly lee nelson
My daughter was injured during delivery. She is moderately delayed in many areas, but she has conquered more in her life than I ever will.
My son was born with Down syndrome, he was the most kind person anybody could ever meet.
Jamie is probably the one kid who I believe truly understands me. He has Down syndrome. He just inspires me to do so much.
By Christy White
I was born mildly challenged with birth defects in Orlando, Florida in January 1974 and raised there.I've gone to special ed in schools growing up in the '80s and early '90s, graduated in '92. I came to live in a program called Annandale for people with disabilities in Suwanee, Georgia.
I would like to express my indignation about this pastor in Fl Usa, her name Ana Maldonado wife of the well known pastor Guillermo Maldonado, Im sharing this video that makes sick, on min 1 & 40 sec she called people with disabilities idiots.
I have three uncles the same way and would get into fights at school because people used to call them at their home just to make fun then come to school laughing about doing so.
I was teased a lot in school and was called the r-word all the time because of my mental disabilities which are too many to name. I used to think it was just a word. But this word hurts. My girlfriend has Down syndrome and she's beautiful.
As I sit in class or at lunch an see someone with disabilities be mistreated it sends me into a rage of anger. Every time I see it happen I tend to get up and force the people away from them.
Theresa l. McTier
My brother-in-law has been given the medical term "moderately mentally retarded." I prefer to call him moderately mentally challenged because although he has challenges he continues to work every day.
My daughter sees your stares and she cries. She hates going out in public and I understand that. She is the person no one else wants to be, but she is my super hero.
From the time i was born i have always called my older sister sissy. she is an inspiration for the difference she will make and has already made.
Margaret A. Skates
My late son was 27 when he died but when he first began going to school he was tested and termed educable mentally handicapped.
He said to me something along the lines of: "I want you to know that your daughter is beautiful." I was so taken aback because never ever ever had a complete stranger said something so kind to me and my daughter.
Bobbie Jo Williams began competing as a Special Olympics Georgia athlete in 2003 at the age of 20 with one of the state's longest standing delegations, Just People.