The Power of Sports

At Special Olympics, we believe that sports can teach us all important lessons. When we train and strive for a goal, it teaches us to dream. When we struggle, it teaches us determination. When we win, we find joy. And if we lose, we can find the strength to try again.

Our sports events bring together a large and inclusive community of athletes, supporters and families, coaches, volunteers and many others. The athletes are at the center of it all. They become the heroes — to the shared joy of themselves, their families and their communities.

These events help us all rediscover the purity of sports — and real athletic pursuits — based on true Olympic ideals.

Special Olympics sports training and competition are empowering because our athletes prove to themselves what they can do. This inspires them to achieve even more, both in sports and in life.  At each Special Olympics event, all of us can see and experience the purity of sports and real athletic success. Our athletes are pushing hard for goals some people can’t imagine, against obstacles few have had to face. Their drive to succeed comes from deep inside — it comes from the heart.