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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


March 06, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

Sycamore Creek

By Pam Hoke

Part of our school commercial

We are celebrating Spread the Word to End the Word for the whole month of March.View Story We are celebrating Spread the Word to End the Word for the whole month of March. Staff purchased STWTETW t shirts and will wear them on Wednesdays for the month of March. Our big event is March 14th in our Courtyard. About 400 4th and 5th graders will take a pledge together and sign the banner. We made school commercial about our event that the whole school has seen a few times. We have 1200+ students.

About Pam Hoke: I teach a self contained classroom for students on the Autism Spectrum Disorder for grades 3-5th grade.
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March 03, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

Our Sister Chelsea

By Abigail and Sophia Smith

My girls have spoken to their school and area schools and churches for the second year to get kids and adults aware of spreading the word. They do this on behalf of their sister, Chelsea.View Story My girls have spoken to their school and area schools and churches for the second year to get kids and adults aware of spreading the word. They do this on behalf of their sister, Chelsea.

About Abigail and Sophia Smith:We are the Smith family. Peter, Cindy, Sophia(15) and Abigail and Chelsea (14) Chelsea has agenesis of the Corpus Collosum and has developmental delays. She is the light of our life.
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March 03, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

Our Sister Chelsea

By Abigail and Sophia Smith

My girls have spoken to their school and area schools and churches for the second year to get kids and adults aware of spreading the word. They do this on behalf of their sister, Chelsea.View Story My girls have spoken to their school and area schools and churches for the second year to get kids and adults aware of spreading the word. They do this on behalf of their sister, Chelsea.

About Abigail and Sophia Smith:We are the Smith family. Peter, Cindy, Sophia(15) and Abigail and Chelsea (14) Chelsea has agenesis of the Corpus Collosum and has developmental delays. She is the light of our life.
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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