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    The Revolution Is Inclusion

    Through the power of our athletes and our sports, Special Olympics is ushering in a new world of unity, tolerance, and respect. #ChooseToInclude

    Take our Inclusion Pledge now!

Join the Revolution!

For 50 years, Special Olympics has been building a movement to break down barriers – both on and off the field in health and education – all through the power of sport. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we launch a 5-year campaign to inspire action and ultimately end discrimination for people with Intellectual Disabilities. The Revolution Is Inclusion.

Our Manifesto


Special Olympics and over 5 Million of our athletes are leading the charge for full inclusion of people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID).

The movement is rooted in the spirit of our founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who took a rebellious stand against the injustices faced by people with Intellectual Disabilities in 1968. Today, the fight for inclusion is more relevant than ever. People of all ages, races, genders, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities continue to face discrimination, ignorance, and disparagement. Just as Eunice Kennedy Shriver did 50 years ago, Special Olympics is setting a stake in the ground to create change and, this time, our athletes are leading the way.

As we continue this movement, Special Olympics will build programming and actively engage people in our movement to create social change.

Our Pillars of Work

[1]Sport & Health Recruit 2.2 Million new athletes & partners. Train 170,000 new health care professionals.
[2]Unified Generation Bring unified school programming to 40,000 new schools and universities
[3]Inclusive Leadership Empower, cultivate, and train 15,000 new athlete leaders globally

The Inclusion Pledge

In November of 2017, students and faculty at Ponaganset High School USA embraced the "The Revolution Is Inclusion" movement to improve school culture. Their goal is for students to actively search for and reach out to anyone feeling left out and not included. Everyone's gifts should be freely shared and celebrated at Ponaganset High School. Their pledge, below, captured the spirit of the movement and has become our Inclusion Pledge to activate everyone to join our movement.

Inclusion Pledge:
I pledge. To look for the lonely. The isolated. The left out. The challenged. The bullied.
I pledge. To overcome the fear of difference. And replace it with the power of inclusion.
I #ChooseToInclude

Join us now by taking the Inclusion Pledge. Be a revolutionary and help end discrimination against people with Intellectual Disabilities.

Unified Sports Challenge

On July 1, 2018 at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, WA., ESPN and Special Olympics hosted the first-ever Unified Sports Challenge raising awareness for an inclusive world and challenging businesses and celebrities to get involved. Watch executives and celebrities talk about what inclusion means to them and why partnering with Special Olympics is so important.

See all the videos HERE.