Special Olympics spreads compassion and acceptance in a way that can unite the world. Our goal is to awaken everyone — and every community — to each person’s common humanity. Understanding brings acceptance; acceptances bring peace. This vision of inclusion starts at the local level. It’s expanding on a global scale.
Communities of Support
There are about 250 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Our goal is to reach out to every one of them – and their families as well.
Special Olympics does this through a wide range of trainings, competitions, health screenings and fund-raising events. We also create opportunities for families, community members, local leaders, businesses, law enforcement, celebrities, dignitaries and others to band together to change attitudes and support athletes.
Special Olympics creates communities of support everywhere it goes. In Florida, we hold 500 competitions a year at county, area and state levels. Our Games and competitions bring together athletes, coaches, volunteers, sponsors, fans and leaders of the community.
Special Olympics has the support of governments worldwide. The global organization has helped bring about policies to improve education, health care, and employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities all around the world. Some of our key program efforts to build communities include: Athlete Leadership, Healthy Athletes, Healthy Community, Unified Champion Schools, Young Athletes, and Little ELITES.
Connecting Us All
Special Olympics knows no boundaries. Without regard to gender, race, religion, economic or education level, Special Olympics has the ability to unite all walks of life.
This spirit of generosity, inclusion and volunteerism helps to connect the community as a whole. In this way, we will build a stronger, safer world.