Watch this video and see how Special Olympics transformed the life of Kellen Kaasa and his whole family.
Through the power of sports, Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities like Kellen Kaasa. When Dawn Kaasa was looking for swimming lessons for her eight-year old son Kellen, no one would take him. The staff at the local pools didn't feel they had anyone qualified to teach a child with Down syndrome. Then the family found Special Olympics and everything changed. Dawn says: "Kellen's successes in Special Olympics have given him confidence to try things he may not have felt he could otherwise." 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!
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.
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:
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.
Special Olympics is a world-renowned charity targeting the nearly 200 million adults and children who have intellectual disabilities, in nearly 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!