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Sports & Game Lead
With more than four million athletes and Unified partners and one million coaches and volunteers in over 200 accredited Programs, Special Olympics delivers more than 30 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 games and competitions every year.

Sports Information


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

Unified Sports

With over a million people worldwide that take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way.
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Young Athletes

Special Olympics Young Athletes is an early childhood play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2 to 7 years old.
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Unified Schools

Special Olympics Unified Schools promote social inclusion by building friendships and understanding among young people with and without intellectual disabilities.

Become a Coach

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 - The Beginning of a Movement

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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Special Olympics Unified with Refugees

Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. They are coaches, trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers and managers.
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Male athletes taking their mark and start off running on the track. Male athletes taking their mark and start off running on the track.

Games & Competition

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.