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Special Olympics is a global organization that serves 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.  Help us reach one more person who wants to participate. 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
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Motor Activity Training Program
  • Powerlifting
  • Roller Skating
  • Snowboarding
  • Softball
  • Speed Skating
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

News and Stories


July 25, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

Kudos to USA Network

By Melissa

I'm watching a movie on the USA Network. The characters were discussing Autism and the network censored out the R-word. BLEEP!View Story I'm watching a movie on the USA Network. The characters were discussing Autism and the network censored out the R-word. BLEEP! I'm shouting out kudos from the rooftop to the USA Network!

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July 11, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

Health is a Community Effort in Cabarrus County

By Rachel McQuiston

The Cabarrus County community came together in full force to help Special Olympics North Carolina athletes and their families get more active.View Story The Cabarrus County community came together in full force to help Special Olympics North Carolina athletes and their families get more active. For four weeks, 30 participants in the Special Olympics Cabarrus County Wellness Program took free fitness and cooking classes thanks to community partnerships.“I wanted to find a way to get my athletes more active during the winter when they may not be actively training in a sport,” explained Emily Riley, Special Olympics Cabarrus County’s local coordinator. “But I knew that it couldn’t all fall on me so I looked to the community for assistance and was blown away at the response.”

About Rachel McQuiston:I am the VP of Communications for Special Olympics North Carolina
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July 11, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

A True Family Affair: Siblings Become Unified Partners

By Katie McGhee

Leah and Jared pose with their medals

Jared Vinansky took hold of his bowling ball and slowly walked toward the end of the lane. The air was thick with tension, nerves and excitementView Story Jared Vinansky took hold of his bowling ball and slowly walked toward the end of the lane. The air was thick with tension, nerves and excitement, but Jared was focused. His arm swung backward with ball in tow and with a flick of the wrist, the ball began rolling down the lane.One pin down, then four pins, seven pins, and it’s a strike!The crowd cheered loudly for Jared, but he heard his parents the most clearly as he stepped forward to see his Special Olympics Unified Partner beaming at him. He challenged her to get a strike, too. They may be Unified Partners, but they still compete with each other. After all, that’s what brothers and sisters do.

About Katie McGhee:I am the Communications Manager for Special Olympics North Carolina.
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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

Alamance County, Alexander County, Alleghany County, Anson County, Ashe County, Avery County, Beaufort County, Bertie County, Bladen County, Brunswick County, Buncombe County, Burke County, Cabarrus County, Caldwell County, Camden County, Carteret County, Caswell County, Catawba County, Chatham County, Cherokee County, Chowan County, Clay County, Cleveland County, Columbus County, Craven County, Cumberland County, Currituck County, Dare County, Davidson County, Davie County, Duplin County, Durham County, Edgecombe County, Forsyth County, Franklin County, Gaston County, Gates County, Graham County, Granville County, Greene County, Guilford County, Halifax County, Harnett County, Haywood County, Henderson County, Hertford County, Hoke County, Hyde County, Iredell County, Jackson County, Johnston County, Jones County, Lee County, Lenoir County, Lincoln County, Macon County, Madison County, Martin County, McDowell County, Mecklenburg County, Mitchell County, Montgomery County, Moore County, Nash County, New Hanover County, Northampton County, Onslow County, Orange County, Pamlico County, Pasquotank County, Pender County, Perquimans County, Person County, Pitt County, Polk County, Randolph County, Richmond County, Robeson County, Rockingham County, Rowan County, Rutherford County, Sampson County, Scotland County, Stanly County, Stokes County, Surry County, Swain County, Transylvania County, Tyrrell County, Union County, Vance County, Wake County, Warren County, Washington County, Watauga County, Wayne County, Wilkes County, Wilson County, Yadkin County, Yancey County