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Special Olympics is a global organization that serves more than 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.

The Power of Sport.  For every Special Olympics athlete, there are many more waiting for their chance.   Download Program Fact Sheet

It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

Sports Offered

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Equestrian
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Powerlifting
  • Roller Skating
  • Snow Shoeing
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

News and Stories


June 08, 2015 | North America: Nebraska

i hate that word

By beth mckain

I did much the same thing in school. I have a special needs aunt. I was a member of the huggers of special Olympics. (( they don't hug anymore and its sad)) but I would tell students not to make fun of the kids. ( I got hit a few times but never backed down)View Story I did much the same thing in school. I have a special needs aunt. I was a member of the huggers of special Olympics. (( they don't hug anymore and its sad)) but I would tell students not to make fun of the kids. ( I got hit a few times but never backed down). it's wrong. now both my boys do the same. they hate that word and will not tolerate it.

About beth mckain:mom of 2. Im very close to my family. I live with my mom and help take care of my special needs aunt after my grandmother passed. My family is my life.
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February 13, 2015 | North America: Nebraska

Knowing The Difference

By Grace

On the subject of the 'r-word', people seem to be very radical. People either use this word frequently, with the same meaning at 'stupid', or people want to wipe the word itself out of our vocabulary.View Story On the subject of the 'r-word', people seem to be very radical. People either use this word frequently, with the same meaning at 'stupid', or people want to wipe the word itself out of our vocabulary, because of the people using it like 'stupid'. But, we need to keep in mind that some people are using the word correctly. I used to want to get rid of the word completely, but after talking with my brother, who is entering the medical field, he convinced me that we need not get rid of the word, but restore it to its proper use. This word used to be common in the medical field, but has been shamed because of the incorrect use. So, we do not need to completely abandon this word. We need to fix it. We need to let people know that way they are saying it is wrong and hurtful to those around them. We need to encourage the proper use, not discourage the word altogether.

About Grace:I have grown up with a disabled brother, and have been actively spreading the word to end the word.
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July 14, 2014 | North America: Nebraska

Bowled a Great Game and Got to Meet Mrs. Shriver!

By Gail Tudor - Special Olympics Nebraska athlete

I got to meet Eunice Kennedy Shriver at International game in 1991 the day after I bowl 259 with 8 strikes.View Story I got to meet Eunice Kennedy Shriver at International game in 1991 the day after I bowl 259 with 8 strikes. When she heard that I bowl 259 & broke the record, she told peoples that she want to meet me & she did. My mom took pictures of both of us for us to remember it. She was real nice gal to talk to.

About Gail Tudor - Special Olympics Nebraska athlete:I am submitting on behalf of Special Olympics Nebraska athlete Gail Tudor.
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2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.

Sep 21 - 23 2012 SONA Softball Invitational Tournament Oklahoma City, OK
Sep 11 - 17 2012 World Aquatics Invitational 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jun 25 - Jul 4 2011 2011 Summer Games Athens, Greece

Areas Served

Adams County, Antelope County, Arthur County, Banner County, Blaine County, Boone County, Box Butte County, Boyd County, Brown County, Buffalo County, Burt County, Butler County, Cass County, Cedar County, Chase County, Cherry County, Cheyenne County, Clay County, Colfax County, Cuming County, Custer County, Dakota County, Dawes County, Dawson County, Deuel County, Dixon County, Dodge County, Douglas County, Dundy County, Fillmore County, Franklin County, Frontier County, Furnas County, Gage County, Garden County, Garfield County, Gosper County, Grant County, Greeley County, Hall County, Hamilton County, Harlan County, Hayes County, Hitchcock County, Holt County, Hooker County, Howard County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Kearney County, Keith County, Keya Paha County, Kimball County, Knox County, Lancaster County, Lincoln County, Logan County, Loup County, Madison County, McPherson County, Merrick County, Morrill County, Nance County, Nemaha County, Nuckolls County, Otoe County, Pawnee County, Perkins County, Phelps County, Pierce County, Platte County, Polk County, Red Willow County, Richardson County, Rock County, Saline County, Sarpy County, Saunders County, Scotts Bluff County, Seward County, Sheridan County, Sherman County, Sioux County, Stanton County, Thayer County, Thomas County, Thurston County, Valley County, Washington County, Wayne County, Webster County, Wheeler County, York County

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