Sport has an incredible capacity to transform lives, change attitudes and make communities stronger. By bringing people together, Special Olympics teaches us to recognize our similarities rather than focus on our differences.
Providing lifelong benefits
Special Olympics exists to serve the needs of people of all ages and all levels of ability, from the individual who will stay active for life, regularly participating in local sport programs, through to the athlete who will advance and compete at National and International competitions. For individuals with an intellectual disability, Special Olympics programs may be the only place where they have an opportunity to engage in their communities, and to develop leadership and life skills. For many, it is a gateway to confidence, empowerment, competence, and acceptance.