The Special Olympics & The Special Olympics
The Special Olympics is an international, non-profit organization whose mission is to empower children and adults with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.
The Special Olympics coordinates 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports, free of charge to participants, and serves over 1.7 million persons with intellectual disabilities in more than 200 programs in more than 150 countries.
Participants in the Special Olympics are provided the benefits of athleticism, which include self-confidence, physical fitness, a positive self-image and the opportunity to demonstrate courage and experience joy.
The Special Olympics New York is a privately funded not-for-profit agency that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.