Sports & Competition

Sport is a powerful force. It can shift the focus from disability to ability, from isolation to involvement.

We believe 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.

The transformative power of sports to instill confidence, improve health, and inspire a sense of competition is at the core of what we do.


Our sports events bring together a large and inclusive community of athletes, supporters and families, coaches, volunteers, and fans. Our athletes are at the center of it all. They become heroes to themselves, their families, and their communities.

Special Olympics offers 30+ official Olympic-type individual and team sports. For sports rules, coaching guides, and coach training quizzes, visit our Sports section.

Compete

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Volunteer

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