Who We Are
Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place — one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.
Words can take you far, but seeing the faces of the people of Special Olympics Florida explains it all.
Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics Florida. Our athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities from around the state. They are finding success, joy and friendship as part of our global community.
Our coaches are role models and character builders. They teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Every day they help empower our athletes through quality sports training and competitions. Our coaches inspire our athletes; in turn, they are inspired as they witness the transformative power of sports.
Families give our athletes the kind of love, support and encouragement that no one else can. Special Olympics Florida is a support network that brings families together in a caring, positive way. Our growing network is also a successful force for acceptance and inclusion in communities all around the state.
Our volunteers believe that sports has the power to create joy and unity in society. They know this because they’ve seen it happen again and again. They are coaches and trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers and managers. They are also unified partners — playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities — or fans cheering in the stands.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the global struggle for rights and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities. Eunice Kennedy Shriver believed in justice. But she saw little justice in the way people with intellectual disabilities were treated in the 1950s and 1960s — and she decided to make a difference. Her revolutionary vision and programs changed the world.
Special Olympics is all about courage, joy, unity, dignity, inclusion and tolerance. Together with our corporate partners, we are good for business and good for the world.