Who we are

We are part of a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports!
Athlete throwing Mini Javelin

Special Olympics was founded upon one simple notion: 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 focusing 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.

Learn more about Special Olympics Newfoundland & Labrador programs and how they impact participants.

Check out our policies and publications, including Annual Reports, and the policies that govern our work.

View all of our official sports rulebooks, and learn how our competitions are divided for fair access.


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