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Welcome to the most joyful community on the planet, where—every day—we’re building a more inclusive world through the power of sports. Any age, any ability, all are welcome. We can’t wait to meet you!


• Follow @specialolympics on social
• Use #ChooseToInclude and tag your friends
Volunteer or coach
• Invite a person with ID to lunch!

Donate with purpose

Your contribution helps build a more welcoming world for all.

Buy athlete-designed merch

Rock totally unique designs created by multi-talented Special Olympics athletes.

Share our Story of the Month

Share Kayla’s inspiring journey on social—and urge friends, family to share too.

Become part of the Special Olympics family today

There’s a fun place for you in Special Olympics. Click a category below or keep scrolling to find something cool—for an afternoon, a day, or a lifetime.

I'm ready to volunteer!

From event support to coaching—and so much in between—our volunteers help athletes shine!

I’m ready to support locally

Start a local chapter, seek family support, or create inclusive communities with youth and other partners.

I’m ready to help with partnerships

Work with governments and major donors to expand programs around the world.

I’m ready to become an athlete!

Unleash your inner champion, make friends for life. Special Olympics starts as early as age 2!

Volunteer Opportunities

Join an inspiring community of one million volunteers building a happier world for people of all abilities. With 30+ sports and nearly 50,000 games every year around the world, there's something fun for you!

Volunteer at an Event

The excitement, the energy—there’s nothing like experiencing an event up close. You’re going to love it!

Become a Coach

Help athletes with ID discover their strengths and reach their potential—and have a great time, too.

Become an Official

Jump into the action! Get certified to be an official in any of dozens of sports.

Volunteer your Health Services

Did you know Special Olympics offers free health services? Help provide screenings and education.

Local partnerships

Our global community is strong thanks to grassroots partnerships with local supporters. Check out all the ways to make a lasting impact, starting right at home.

Youth and schools

From early childhood play programs to college campus communities, explore all the ways students, educators, youth organizations and schools can partner with Special Olympics.

Find family support

You are your athlete’s biggest fan! Connect with other Special Olympics families who understand and support one another unconditionally.

Start a local club

Can’t find a Special Olympics chapter in your area? Start your own! Local clubs offer a diverse range of sports and social activities to promote inclusion, health, fitness and leadership development.

Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)

LETR is the largest public awareness group and grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Carry the “Flame of Hope” into opening ceremonies to celebrate and champion diversity.

Corporate and organizational partnerships

Our partners play a vital role in building a global network of advocacy and inclusion. You can help us deliver life-changing support to 200 million people with ID around the world.


Special Olympics is consistently named in the Top 10% of most Trustworthy Brands in the U.S. Partnering with us demonstrates your belief in the power of sports to unite, inspire and break down barriers.

Major donors

Generous contributions from dedicated individuals, families, foundations, and institutions enable Special Olympics to secure a lasting impact for the future.

Governments and NGOs

These vital partnerships empower us to provide valuable support to our movement and enhance the global reach of our programming.

Sports brands and events

By aligning your sports brand or event with our mission, you support a world of athletic inclusion while building brand value and loyalty.


Become a Special Olympics athlete

Through competition and camaraderie, Special Olympics athletes learn skills and gain confidence. There are free programs for people with intellectual disabilities of all ages—even as young as 2 years old.

Donate to make a difference

Let's get more athletes off the sidelines and onto the playing field. Every donation counts!
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Program finder

Find your local chapter to become a Special Olympics athlete, volunteer, join a Unified Sports team, work as a coach and find local events.