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Help Us Reach One More Special Olympics Athlete!

Through the power of sports Special Olympics reveals the champions in all of us. Give a tax-deductible donation today to help one more athlete achieve their potential!

Through the power of sports, Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities like Susie Doyens. Susie was born with Down syndrome and remained practically mute for most of her childhood due to social pressure and anxiety. Special Olympics had a profound impact on Susie and gave her confidence. Help us make a difference.

Changing Lives Through the Joy of Sport

Since 1968, Special Olympics has been offering women, men, and children with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competitions in Olympic-style sports. Our more than 32 individual and team sports – from Alpine Skiing to Volleyball – provide quality training and well-matched sporting events. Win or lose, the goal is always to be brave in the attempt!

You can help Special Olympics ensure that everyone has the chance to exert themselves to the fullest, to reach beyond their own limits, and to feel proud of their achievements. Make a secure tax-deductible gift online to Special Olympics today.



Special Olympics is truly international and serves millions of people yearly. During 2012, more than 4 million athletes in 170 countries participated in our programs.

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Questions You May Have About Giving to Special Olympics
What is the Mission of Special Olympics?

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. We give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and share personal skills, gifts of spirit, and friendship with their families, their fellow Special Olympics athletes, and the world.

In all that we do, Special Olympics strives to awaken the world to the precious abilities and dignity of every human being.

How Does Special Olympics Use Donations to Transform Its Athletes?

Through the power of sports, Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities feel welcome in their communities and develop a profound belief in themselves. One of the best ways to explain how we help our athletes is to share the words of Ana DeMello, mother of Special Olympics gymnast Lani DeMello:picture of Lani

How Special Olympics Helped Lani:

"When you have a child with an intellectual disability, you think your world is going to be closed. Special Olympics has opened a whole new world for Lani and given her opportunities that we never dreamed would be possible for our daughter."

Help us make a difference - your support will allow us to reach one more athlete like Lani.

Transforming Lives

Special Olympics is a world-renowned charity targeting the nearly 200 million adults and children who have intellectual disabilities, in 170 countries, through sports, education, and health programs. We are designated tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Using Your Tax-Deductible Gift With Care

We are proud that 83% of every dollar you donate goes to help our athletes and their families through trainings and sports competitions, volunteer coaches training, outreach to include more athletes, and many other programs!

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Donate by Mail:

If you are more comfortable helping our athelets by postal mail, just download our printable Donation Form (PDF) and mail it to:

Special Olympics INC.
1133 19th street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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