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Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. Special Olympics empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

Along with sports as the catalyst, Special Olympics provides community and life-changing programming around health and education which fights inactivity, injustice and intolerance and creates communities of inclusion and acceptance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year.

Visit Special Olympics at specialolympics.org. Engage with us on Twitter: @specialolympics, on Facebook: fb.com/specialolympics, on YouTube: youtube.com/specialolympicshq and on Instagram: instagram.com/specialolympics.

Also, learn more about Special Olympics Project UNIFY.

Mission: 
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, giving 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.

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