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Games and Competition

Three young women playing a game of handball.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These events provide continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with the world.

International Competitions

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Stories from the Field of Play

Games and competitions drive the Special Olympics movement forward. Every day, all around the world, athletes and coaches are training for their next competition.

Additional Resources


Special Olympics offers 30-plus Olympic-style individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Sports & Coaching

For all of our recognized and official sports, find coaching guides, development models, photos and videos and other related materials. You can also find information on locally popular sports in the mix.

Sports Partnerships

Special Olympics Programs have partnerships with over 1,200 sport organizations. These partnerships enable growth and increase sport quality at every level.
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Every day, Special Olympics athletes around the world train and compete on the local, regional, and national levels. Find your program for training and competitions near you.