About
Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place—one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.
Our founder was a pioneer in the worldwide struggle for rights and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities. Her legacy continues to inspire and guide our movement.
Our Reach
5,755,056
ATHLETES
114,888
COMPETITIONS
1,194,337
VOLUNTEERS
200
COUNTRIES
157,319
ATHLETE HEALTH SCREENINGS
5%
INCREASE IN UNIFIED TEAMMATES
2019 Annual Report and Reach Report
Four rollerbladers racing on a track.
The Special Olympics 2019 Annual Report highlights the best of our global movement over the course of a very busy year—filled with sports, competitions, unified leadership, inclusive health milestones, and much more.
2019 Reach Report Graphic.
The Reach Report is a summary of key programmatic results achieved globally in the framework of its activities conducted in the previous year.
Special Olympics would not be able to reach millions of athletes without the generous, ongoing support of our corporate partners.