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The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
- Special Olympics is a gathering community-oriented inclusive organisation of people aiming to create a new world of inclusion, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability in order to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place — one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.
- Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit every day around the world through the transforming power and joy of sport. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is tackling the inactivity, stigma, isolation, and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) face. Its work goes far beyond sports events, driving social change that enables full social participation for people with ID.
- Special Olympics’ approach is to deliver, high- quality training and competition in an inclusive culture through Unified Sports which allows people with and without intellectual disabilities to play on the same field. It offers 30-plus Olympic-style individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for athletes ranging in age from 2 to 99! Special Olympics teammates benefit in gaining quality sports experiences due to the rules set forth in Sports Rules Article 1. This premise for all Special Olympics sports is strengthened from partnerships with International Sports Federations, social inclusion opportunities through Unified Schools, as well as opportunities to develop basic skills at age 2 through Young Athletes.
The inclusive work made by Special Olympics is divided in four main categories: