Special Olympics is a worldwide movement of people, which establishes a new world of inclusion and community, where each individual is accepted and included, irrespective of their abilities or disabilities. We help to make the world better, healthier and more joyful.
As the biggest international sport movement for people with intellectual disabilities Special Olympics worldwide offers all year round training and competition opportunities in 32 different olympic disciplines for more than 4,2 million of athletes in 170 countries.
These disciplines (respectively their set of rules and regulations) are arranged in a way that allows as many people with intellectual disabilities as possible to participate and, in accordance with their disability, to compete with other athletes with the approximate same ability level.
„Special Olympics International“ was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968 and has its seat in Washington/USA. From this headquarter Special Olympics International coordinates the national Special Olympics programmes.