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.
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 Unified Schools promote social inclusion by building friendships and understanding among young people with and without intellectual disabilities. Using sports as a motivator and springboard, Unified Schools offer a range of activities and training that equip young people with the interpersonal tools, skills, and attitudes to foster confidence and acceptance in sporting events, classrooms, and communities.
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. The next World Games will be in Berlin, Germany in 2023.