North America

North America has 544,581 athletes participating in all 30 sports offered by Special Olympics.  It is home to athletes from Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.  Special Olympics is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

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Spotlight on North America

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Let's Play Unified!

Change Doesn't Happen From the Sidelines: Campaign to create the first Unified Generation that will fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice LEARN MORE ››



Sponsors in North America

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A Very Special ChristmasThe most successful benefit recording in musical history.
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ESPNGlobal Presenting Sponsor of Unified Sports®.
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Resources for Programs, Athletes, Coaches and Volunteers

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Team USA

See highlights from Team USA's 2011 World Summer Games experience in Greece. Coming soon: meet the Team USA athletes going to the 2013 World Winter Games in South Korea!
LINK: Team USA Website


Special Olympics Contact Information


Special Olympics North America
3712 Benson Drive, Suite 102
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
Office:  (919) 785-0699
Fax:  (919) 782-3311  
Email: Lynn Idaszak
Manager, Internal Communications & Operations 

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Annenberg FoundationSupports our goals for coaches’ excellence.Learn More »


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Coca-ColaSpecial Olympics Founding Partner.Learn More »


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Lions ClubSupports access to quality eye care.Learn More »


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MattelSupports Special Olympics Youth Programs.Learn More »


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MTM RecognitionSupplier of awards and medals for our athletes.Learn More »


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Perfect Sense DigitalSpecial Olympics' leading digital partner.Learn More »


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Procter & GambleCelebrating over 30 years of partnership with Special Olympics.Learn More »


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SafewayRaises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.Learn More »


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SàfiloSupplies optical frames and sunglasses.Learn More »


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UNICEFProvides greater inclusion of children with disabilities.Learn More »


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Special Olympics Blog

Sport and Tech Team Up for Good

Now, thanks to Microsoft, athletes, coaches and families will have rapid access to useful information about their scores, times, personal bests, fitness and health. Special Olympics can use this capability to dramatically improve the lives of people in our Movement.  read more »

Posted on 2014-10-27 by Janet

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