North America

North America has over half a million athletes participating in all 32 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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World Games

World Games in Los Angeles

The Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles shows the power of 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing to be champions of their sports. LEARN MORE ››



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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


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