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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.

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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


Monday, March 24, 2014 | North America: Nebraska

The See Me Project

By Bailey Koch

Mrs. Koch and her Marketing students created this video in an attempt to help society understand the importance of accepting and supporting those with disabilities.

My name is Mrs. Bailey Koch and I am a Special Education teacher in Gothenburg, Nebraska. My students and I have created an inspirational and moving video about the importance of accepting and supportView Story My name is Mrs. Bailey Koch and I am a Special Education teacher in Gothenburg, Nebraska. My students and I have created an inspirational and moving video about the importance of accepting and supporting people with disabilities. One student featured in the video is a Special Olympics athlete named Jarred who has Down Syndrome. He and his family are very proud that he was featured in the video and are wonderful advocates for the rights of those with disabilities. We are attempting to make our video go viral and would very much appreciate the help in spreading this positive message. Would you please consider sharing our video in any ways that you can think of? The video speaks for itself and we are confident that you will appreciate and support our message. Thank you so very much for your help.

About Bailey Koch:I am a Special Education teacher working hard toward my Doctor of Education Degree in Special Education. I am a huge advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and am determined to help society see the person before the disability. Acceptance and support.
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Thursday, March 06, 2014 | North America: Nebraska

Me fine, me okay.

By Bridget

I first started to volunteer in a great recreational therapy program for people with disabilities when I was in high school. One day, I bumped into my buddy. I said sorry and she said "Me fine, me okaView Story I first started to volunteer in a great recreational therapy program for people with disabilities when I was in high school. One day, I bumped into my buddy. I said sorry and she said "Me fine, me okay." I was having a lot of trouble in school at the time and was very focused on my own troubles. When my buddy said these words – "Me fine, me okay" – and knowing how many things she had overcome, I realized how small my own troubles were. We're all struggling along and to place people's neurological functioning in a hierarchy amidst this struggle, especially by using derogatory language, is ignorant. What my buddy offered me that day and every day since is perspective, love, and acceptance. And I thank her for it. I pledge for all those who have taught me and will continue to teach me perspective, love, and acceptance.

About Bridget:I am getting a degree in social work and may pursue a masters degree in recreational therapy. I am passionate about working with people with disabilities and advocating with and for them.
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Friday, February 28, 2014 | North America: Nebraska

Uncle Martin

By Dale Henderson

My Uncle Martin lives in Trinidad & Tobago and was born with Polio. Back then there were no special chairs, or therapies to help him walk, but his incredible Mom (my Grandmother) would each day rub hiView Story My Uncle Martin lives in Trinidad & Tobago and was born with Polio. Back then there were no special chairs, or therapies to help him walk, but his incredible Mom (my Grandmother) would each day rub his legs with oil and help him straighten them out until eventually he could walk. He is one of the smartest people I know, can go toe to toe with you on current and past events and is very loving. Unfortunately as the years go by his legs are getting weak again and now he cannot walk without assistance, but still maintains the most positive disposition. Uncle Martin has never left the sunny shores of Trinidad & Tobago and probably never will get an opportunity to do so. One thing is certain he will continue to influence me and encourage me from across the waters because that is the type of person he is. If he could stand up in front of people to speak he would say in his deep baratone voice "Continue to push yourself always".

About Dale Henderson:I am just a simple lady from Trinidad & Tobago doing my best to raise my daughter in Nebraska to become a strong person. My daughter Janae is my pride and she is passionate about spreading positivity.
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2012 Softball Invitational Tournament

Special Olympics athletes from 33 teams from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico competed in Oklahoma City for the 2012 Special Olympics North America Softball Invitational Tournament.

Sep 11 - 17 2012 World Aquatics Invitational 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jun 25 - Jul 4 2011 2011 Summer Games Athens, Greece

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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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