Help Us Reach One More Special Olympics Athlete!
The Power of Sport, Worldwide
Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. We believe that sports can teach us all important lessons. When we train and strive for a goal, it teaches us to dream. When we struggle, it teaches us determination. When we win, we find joy. And if we lose, we can find the strength to try again.
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. Please make your donation and help us more people a chance to be champions!
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 more than 4 million athletes in 170 countries around the globe.
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.