Sports & Games
Sports & Game Lead
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.
Sports & Games Information
About Intellectual Disabilities Lead
Special Olympics offers 30-plus Olympic-style individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Belgium athlete Cedriek Beerten (No. 17) reaches for the ball during the 2015 NBA Cares Unified Basketball Game at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
About 1.4 million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way.
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What does every child want? The chance to kick a ball, to throw it well, to share that success with family members. What does every child with intellectual disabilities want? The exact same thing.
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Unified Schools Lead
Special Olympics Unified Schools empowers youth and educators to be leaders of change. By playing and learning we will create a more inclusive world.
Be A Coach Lead
Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders. Learn more about becoming a Special Olympics Coach.
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Camp Shriver
When people speak of the origin of Special Olympics, they look no further than the first Camp Shriver—founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the early 1960s. They talk of one woman's dream that started in her own backyard.
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Major Special Olympics competitions are held around the world each year to bring together athletes contending to be the best in their sports. In 2019, the United Arab Emirates hosted the first World Games in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi. Now, we look forward to our next two World Games: the 2021 World Winter Games in Sweden and the 2023 World Games in Berlin.