Special Olympics helps individuals with intellectual disabilities overcome barriers through sports. Every day we empower our athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life. But for every Special Olympics champion, there is another who is waiting for the chance to win. As little as $35 can help that person realize a wider world of talent and potential through the power and joy of sports. Donate today and help us get one more athlete onto the playing field for a season.
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Special Olympics training and competitions happen every day. Your monthly gift will make a difference all year long.
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:
"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.
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 Mission
The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.