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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.
Black and white photo of a smiling Eunice Kennedy Shriver holding up the arm of a champion at the inaugural 1968 World Games in Chicago
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
3,283,663
ATHLETES
30,001
COMPETITIONS
605,554
VOLUNTEERS
201
COUNTRIES & JURISDICTIONS
15,150
ATHLETE HEALTH SCREENINGS
46,756
Unified Schools
2019 Annual Report and 2021 Reach Report
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.
The Reach Report is a summary of key programmatic results achieved globally in the framework of its activities conducted in the previous year.
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Special Olympics would not be able to reach millions of athletes without the generous, ongoing support of our corporate partners.