What are Games?

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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.

Every day, Special Olympics athletes around the world train and compete on the local, regional, and national levels. Search for training and competitions near you.

Our most well-known event is the World Games. Learn about the next World Games here.

Learn about our sports here.

Beyond Sports
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The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement.
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All the resources for health-related programs, Healthy Athletes disciplines, Healthy Communities and tools and information needed to promote and run events.
Special Olympics supports over 5 million athletes, 1 million coaches and volunteers, more than 100,000 competitions each year, and 32 Olympic-type sports through programs in more than 170 countries.