Building Unified Communities
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
Special Olympics creates communities of support everywhere we go. Our trainings and competitions bring together athletes,
coaches, volunteers, sponsors, fans and leaders of the community.
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 fundraising 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.
organization has helped bring about policies to improve education,
health care, and employment opportunities for people with intellectual
disabilities all around the world.
Learn more about our mission
Connecting Us All
we have have been building a movement to break down barriers – both on
and off the field in health and education – all through the power of
sport.The movement is rooted in the spirit of our founder, Eunice Kennedy
Shriver, who took a rebellious stand against the injustices faced by
people with intellectual disabilities. Today, the fight for inclusion is
more relevant than ever. People of all ages, races, genders, cultures,
backgrounds, and abilities continue to face discrimination, ignorance,
and disparagement. Just as Eunice Kennedy Shriver did, Special Olympics
is setting a stake in the ground to create change, and today, our
athletes are leading the way.
As we continue this movement, Special Olympics will build programming
and actively engage people in our movement to create social change.
Special Olympics knows no boundaries.
Through the spirit of generosity, inclusion, and volunteerism, we can
connect our communities. In this way, we will build a stronger,
Learn more about the joyful Inclusion Revolution!