The Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Its goal is for all to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities. The benefits of participation in Special Olympics for individuals with intellectual disabilities include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, friendships and increased family support.
Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics operates in 95 percent of all the counties in the United States, hosting more than 15,000 events in schools, centers, and cities at the local, area and chapter level. A state directory is provided for your convenience.