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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.  Help us reach one more person who wants to participate.Donate today.

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
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Powerlifting
  • Roller
  • Skating
  • Softball
  • Speed
  • Skating
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

News and Stories


Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

Stop Using This Word!

By Anderson Kirkland

One day, before 6th grade went on a field trip, one of the teachers was telling us in the auditorium that her brother was mentally retarded. People started to laugh, not going to say their names, and View Story One day, before 6th grade went on a field trip, one of the teachers was telling us in the auditorium that her brother was mentally retarded. People started to laugh, not going to say their names, and the teacher was angry because she later said that he had other abilities like building and fixing things. So what I am saying is, it is not what is on the inside, but what's on the outside! Don't make fun of, or laugh at, people that have disabilities!

About Anderson Kirkland:I love to sing and act, play basketball, and I love the Tar Heels and Oklahoma City Thunder! (Kevin Durant!) :)
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Monday, March 10, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Unified on the Court in North Carolina

By Rebecca Ralston

Energy was high and the competition was fierce as students from the University of North Carolina, along with Special Olympics athletes from Orange County, took on the Duke Blue Devils and local DurhamView Story Energy was high and the competition was fierce as students from the University of North Carolina, along with Special Olympics athletes from Orange County, took on the Duke Blue Devils and local Durham County athletes in the first Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game. Despite a tight game and aggressive play, the home team pulled away with the victory – the game’s final score was Duke – 42, UNC – 37. Nearly 400 students and community members came out to support the teams and shared in the energy, passion and determination of Unified Sports.

About Rebecca Ralston:I work for Special Olympics Project UNIFY with a focus in Youth Leadership.
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Saturday, March 08, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

Where they Hear It

By Andrea Drake

I am a teacher who can say that I don't hear students at my school say the r-word. Unfortunately that was not the case last year in my special education self contained classroom. I had one particular View Story I am a teacher who can say that I don't hear students at my school say the r-word. Unfortunately that was not the case last year in my special education self contained classroom. I had one particular student call himself the 'r-word' whenever he got upset at himself or got frustrated. It was one of the first words he used to describe himself. That is the issue. Right now I don't have any concern about the future generation because I don't hear them use the word, but I am concerned for the parents and the older kids around them. That student had to have heard it from somewhere. Our kids look up to people and mimic them and sometimes their role models aren't the best. I want people to stop joking about the r-word and using it to describe situations or objects. I can't joke about the n-word so people shouldn't joke about the r-word. Just like an object or a party can't be gay in the context of wanting a relationship with a party like itself, a party or an object can't be retarded.

About Andrea Drake:I am a second year EC teacher and last year I was a couch for special Olympics and took 5 students to the Olympics. This year I am a proud supporter since my school does not have any athletes.
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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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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

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2200 Gateway Centre Boulevard, Suite 201
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone:  +1 (919) 719-7662
Toll-free:  +1 (800) 843-6276

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