Healthy Athletes®


The Healthy Athletes initiative is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities. Through free health screenings, training for healthcare professionals, and evaluation of the health status of people with an intellectual disability, Healthy Athletes is having a large impact across the country in communities from coast to coast.


Currently there are eight disciplines being offered: 

Fit Feet


Healthy Hearing

Health Promotion

Opening Eyes®


Strong Minds

Special Smiles®

Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities is a model Special Olympics Health program made possible by the Golisano Foundation. The program addresses the severe health disparities faced by people with intellectual disabilities through immediate and long-term solutions. 

A Healthy Community is a location officially by recognized by Special Olympics for efforts in creating year-round access to quality health care. 

Through partnerships, fitness and wellness programs, as well as robust Healthy Athletes programming, dozens of Special Olympics locations throughout the world are paving the way for inclusive health. 

Special Olympics has set a goal of having 100 locations recognized as Healthy Communities by 2020.

Begun in 2016, the Golisano Health Leadership Award honors those who fulfill the goals, values, and mission of Special Olympics health programs. The award is named for the Golisano Foundation, which makes Special Olympics Health possible worldwide. It is the highest Special Olympics honor for health partners.

For an overview on Healthy Communities, click here.


*Please note, Healthy Communities is not currently offered by all Special Olympics Chapters in Canada.