USA: South Carolina

Special Olympics is a global organization that athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.
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The Power of Sport. For every Special Olympics athlete, there are many more waiting for their chance.  Help us reach one more person who wants to participate.  
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It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

South Carolina Contact Info

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109 Oak Park Drive
Irmo, SC, 29063

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+1 (803) 772-1555

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Sports Offered

Upcoming Events

  • Aug 15 - Aug 12
    Bowling Practice
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    Tue Aug 15 - Tue Aug 12, 2025
     
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    Anderson
    South Carolina
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    Bowling Practice

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    Tue Aug 15 - Tue Aug 12, 2025
     

    Each week athletes come together for bowling practice. We bowl 3 games. Cost is $1.50/game and that includes shoe rental. We bowl year round.

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    Boulevard Lanes
    4140 Clemson Blvd,
    Anderson, South Carolina
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  • Apr 25 - Apr 27
    Cops Working for Peanuts
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    Wed Apr 25 - Fri Apr 27, 2018
     
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    Anderson
    SC
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    Cops Working for Peanuts

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    Wed Apr 25 - Fri Apr 27, 2018
     

    City and County police officers come to your table and are your servers for the evening. While they are there, they will be raising money to help benefit Special Olympics.

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    Logan's RoadHouse
    3402 Clemson Blvd
    Anderson, SC
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  • May 11 - May 13
    South Carolina State Summer Games
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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     
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    Columbia
    South Carolina
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    South Carolina State Summer Games

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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     

    Special Olympics South Carolina hosts more than 1400+ athletes, unified partners and coaches for the State Summer Games at the largest army training base in the country. Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina hosts the event with competition opportunities in aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce (over 21 years old), bowling (under 21 years old), gymnastics and softball.


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    Ft. Jackson – Columbia
    Strom Thurmond Blvd.
    Columbia, South Carolina
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  • Jun
    10
    Area 7 Fireflies Night
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    Sun Jun 10, 2018
    02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
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    Columbia
    South Carolina
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    Area 7 Fireflies Night

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    Sun Jun 10, 2018
    02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Join Area 7 Athletes and Fans at Spirit Communications Park on Sunday, June 10th, 2pm, to watch the Columbia Fireflies take on the Augusta Greenjackets. A portion of ticket sales will help send Athletes, Unified Partners and Coaches to the 2018 USA Games in Seattle!

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    Spirit Communications Park
    1640 Freed Street
    Columbia, South Carolina
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  • Mar 14 - Mar 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.


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    Opening Ceremony

    Zayed Sports City Stadium
    Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Zayed Sports City Stadium, is an iconic multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest stadium in the UAE with more than 43,000 seats.

Sports Seasons

  • Aug 01 - May 31
    Horseback Riding
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    Tue Aug 01, 2017
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    Horseback Riding

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    Tue Aug 01, 2017

    Training sessions with Heroes on horseback. Such a fun and great activity for our athletes.


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  • Sep 11 - May 03
    Swim Practice
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    Mon Sep 11, 2017
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    Anderson
    South Carolina
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    Swim Practice

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    Mon Sep 11, 2017

    Athletes come to work on and practice swimming skills, strokes and times. We also play water basketball at the end of each practice! We meet in the front of the lobby by 6:45pm and pick up is 8pm.

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    Anderson Area YMCA
    201 E Reed Rd
    Anderson, South Carolina
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  • Jan 10 - Apr 21
    Basketball Practice
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    Wed Jan 10, 2018
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    Anderson
    South Carolina
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    Basketball Practice

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    Wed Jan 10, 2018

    The Area 14 Warriors basketball teams practices their skills each week in preparation for tournaments.

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    City of Anderson Recreation Center
    1107 N Murray Ave
    Anderson, South Carolina
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