In order to help athletes achieve their best performances on and
off the field, more and more Special Olympics Programs are
providing year round on-going wellness opportunities, follow-up
health care, and education and support for athletes, families and
the public as part of the Healthy Communities model made possible
by the Golisano Foundation. The ultimate goal is to increase access
to health care services and improve the health status of people
with intellectual disabilities. Interested in learning more?
Contact Kristin Hughes Srour, Director of Special Olympics Global Health Programs, at email@example.com.
What is Healthy Communities?
Access materials designed to give users an overview of Healthy Communities and year-round health programming. Learn how Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® events and Healthy Communities programming are closely-linked and complementary for maximum impact on the health and well-being of athletes.
Achieving Healthy Community Recognition
Learn how your Program can lead the way in changing the healthcare system for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics goal is to reach 100 Programs recognized as Healthy Communities by 2020.
Applying for 3-year and 1-year Healthy Community Grants
Please note that Programs with demonstrated success in 1-year Healthy Community Grants and/or proven success in health programming will be selected to apply for 3-year Healthy Community Grants. Please contact your Regional Healthy Athletes Manager if you are interested in receiving a 3-year Healthy Communities Grant.
Webinars and Program-Developed Materials
Visit this frequently-updated site to access the latest materials developed and shared by and with Special Olympics Programs that are working within their communities and with partners to break down barriers experienced by people with intellectual disabilities when seeking access to quality health care, services and education.
Download materials on follow-up care - or what happens after a Healthy Athletes exam – which is an essential component of Healthy Communities programming.
Athletes, Coaches and Families
Access tools for athletes, coaches and families related to self-advocacy, education and community activation.
Health Care Providers
Special Olympics global health work would not be possible without the thousands of health care professionals and students who volunteer and who share they increase their understanding and skills because of their involvement with Special Olympics.
Our health program is rapidly expanding. Review and incorporate useful tools across a variety of health-related programming areas.
Share evidence of Special Olympics’ impact. Special Olympics is the largest global public health organization dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities, and our data clearly indicates a need for societies to do more.
Download resources such as banners and logos, and incorporate the core branding elements of Special Olympics Health made possible by the Golisano Foundation.
Resources on Partners and Other Health Organizations
Special Olympics Health program is made possible by many dedicated partners and volunteers. Learn more about some of our partners here.
Healthy Athletes events are essential to a Program becoming a Healthy Community. Healthy Athletes events provide free health exams to athletes in more than 130 countries.