Everybody is different. Special Olympics is for people who are
different because they learn new skills slowly. They may not
understand ideas that other people learn easily. They are
different in other ways as well. They have an intellectual
disability, or ID.
There are hundreds of Special
Olympics offices around the
world, and all of them need people
at various times during the year.
The best way to become a
volunteer is to find the Special
Olympics office nearest you.
The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was
founded in 1968. Through the power of sport, Special Olympics strives to create a
better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.
Special Olympics spreads compassion
and acceptance in a way that can unite
the world. Our goal is to awaken
everyone -- and every community -to each person’s common humanity.
Understanding brings acceptance;
acceptances bring peace. This vision of
inclusion starts at the local level.
Special Olympics strives to be a leader in
implementing leading edge nonprofit
governance practices, including meeting
or exceeding Sarbanes-Oxley, Better
Alliance, and Internal Revenue Service
Support a Champion: Contribute to your Champion’s efforts –
your support will help them reach their goal.
Be a Champion: Create your personal fundraising campaign
and invite friends and family to support you.
Join a Team: Help an existing team of Champions raise funds
for Special Olympics.
Volunteer as a:
Health Care Member
Track & Field Kayaking
The organization offers 32 Olympic-style summer and winter sports. So
whatever your age or skill level, Special Olympics has something for
you. Many athletes start in one sport, then go on to try others.
On any given day, Special Olympics athletes
participate in more than 136 competitions around
the world. Your gift provides steady support for
these competitions, coaching and training.
Everyone deserves a chance at a happy and purposeful life. Yet people with
intellectual disabilities face doubt, barriers, and low expectations. For
many, Special Olympics is the only place where they feel like champions.
Special Olympics provides training for life. Our programs not only provide people
with intellectual disabilities with physical fitness and athletic competition, but
also social interaction, community involvement, and empowerment!