Special Olympics has competitions, programs and initiatives all around the world, every day of the year. Here's a look at what it's all about.
Khadija Sy
Khadija is a role model, health volunteer and public speaker from Senegal. She’s also a Special Olympics athlete who has competed in both the 2011 World Games in Athens and the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.
Brittany Tagliareni
Brittany didn't say her first word until she was 6; but these days, she communicates power and assurance—through sports.
Two people illustrating artistic visual notes on a large drawing board.
In March 2019, our Global Youth Leadership Summit will bring together unified young leaders of the Special Olympics movement to mold a new world.
Bree Bogucki on the field in her track suit for an interview.
For Bree Bogucki, growing up was anything but easy. She grew up isolated, locking herself in her room. At nine-years-old, Bree was introduced to sports and her life was changed forever.
Rabah: "Every Day Is a Feast"
Rabah Kino of Lebanon is a multisport Special Olympics athlete who shatters expectations about people with intellectual disabilities, every single day. These days, he's competing in summer sports at the 2018 Middle East/North Africa Games in Abu Dhabi. But he got his start as a Special Olympics champion in winter sports—as this joyful video shows.
Unified Sports
Unified Sports was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding for athletes with and without intellectual disabilities.
Loretta Claiborne holding her gold medals in front of the American flag.
Loretta Claiborne went from being non-verbal to becoming the voice of the Special Olympics movement.
A Very Special Christmas - Featured Artist List
The holiday album series A Very Special Christmas is the most successful benefit recording in music history! Learn more about its impact here.
Zack shooting the basketball at the last second of the game with teammates watching.
Kellis High School is one of many Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools that are transforming the lives of students with and without intellectual disabilities through whole school inclusive programming.