Special Olympics is committed to empowering people with intellectual disabilities on and off the playing field.
Special Olympics initiatives change lives:
ALPs offer athletes the opportunity to take active leadership roles both on and off the playing field through self-directed, meaningful participation in virtually any aspect such serving on Boards of Directors, officiating competitions, or coaching other athletes.
Through its Family Leadership and Support initiative, Special Olympics offers families not just opportunities for sports, social interaction and fun, but also a much-needed support system.
The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® initiative’s mission is to improve each athlete’s ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Initiative includes several disciplines: Fit Feet, FUNfitness, Health Promotion, Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes® and Special Smiles®.
Research and evaluation activities have taken on increasing importance at Special Olympics in recent years; the movement has been making targeted investments in high-priority topics that have the potential to support and extend Program efforts since 1999. In a related area, Special Olympics is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for health professions students to promote short-term projects.
The Schools & Youth initiative encourages school-age youth to celebrate differences and break down barriers. Its efforts allow young people to discover the pathway toward building a more welcoming society for all.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® raises funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement worldwide. Law enforcement officers from 35 countries carry Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” in honor of the Special Olympics athletes.