Top Promotions By Departments

Based on discussions with the various departments in the movement, the Marketing and Communications team would like to promote the following resources that may not be fully visible to our athletes, coaches, volunteer and other interested parties.

Responsible for all legal matters, the Legal Department also oversees Program accreditation, and compliance to the General Rules. It is therefore important to draw attention to these key resources in our collection.

Sports & Competition

Special Olympics offers over 32 Olympic-style sports that provide training and competition opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities. Below are resources such as coaching guides, sports rules and current changes to the rules that we would like to highlight. Through the Games Management System (GMS), the department also brings to you games' schedules and results by event and by delegation, and data on athlete participants.

Leadership & Education

Leadership Programs (ALPs) for athletes explore opportunities in roles previously not considered for athletes with ID. Roles such as an athlete serving on the Board of Directors, or as a spokesperson, team captain, coach or local official. As a means of empowering and promoting acceptance and dignity, the ALPs initiatives provide these new opportunities to athletes.

Healthy Athletes

With more than 1.2 million free health screenings in over 100 countries around the world, the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program offers health services and information to athletes with serious health needs. It is the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.

Marketing & Communications

As the department responsible for media and public relations activities, as well as all  web publications, the Marketing and Communications team is glad to release the following new branding guides and tools.

Project Unify

As an education-based project, Special Olympics Project UNIFY® uses sports and education programs to activate young people to develop school communities where all youth are agents of change.   

Strategic Properties

Tasked with managing  Special Olympics events, shaping and conveying our messages, and sharing stories of athlete empowerment and personal transformation, the department highlights the following websites and resources for our readership.

Regional Growth

Special Olympics has 255 accredited Programs in 170 countries in seven regions of the world - Africa, Asia Pacific, East Asia, Europe-Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East & North Africa, and North America. The organization reached a major milestone in 2011, delivering sports training, and competition opportunities to 4 million athletes worldwide.