Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons 8 years of age and older with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Special Olympics provides a community of support, acceptance, friendship and hope for all children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities.
Special Olympics athletes are given opportunities to participate without regard to economic, demographic, religious, or social factors. Neither athletes nor parents are charged a fee to participate in the program. This is crucial, as many of our participants live at or below the poverty level.