Special Olympics Alberta serves athletes with intellectual disabilities from 158 communities throughout the province .
Special Olympics Alberta was officially incorporated on February 28, 1980, but has a long history of sport programs for people with intellectual disabilities since 1970. What started as a humble few dozen athletes has now transformed into a strong movement of over 3,000 athletes. Over 1,000 coaches and volunteers working year-round spread the movement, giving people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to realize their full athletic potential. Recreational and competitive sport training and competition takes place daily at the local, provincial, and national levels. Special Olympics Alberta offers 18 official summer and winter sports and are reaching new partners with our Unified Sports program in high schools across Alberta through our partnership with Alberta Schools' Athletic Association.
Special Olympics Alberta is an accredited chapter of Special Olympics Canada. Through Special Olympics, athletes develop sport skills, social skills and self-esteem, which assist them in becoming actively involved in recreational, educational and employment opportunities in their communities.
Special Olympics promotes an active lifestyle and better quality of life for persons with intellectual disabilities through their participation in sport.