Frequent question: Why do you think the Olympics are a special competition?

Why the Olympics are special?

Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment—on the playing field and in life.

Is the Special Olympics competitive?

Special Olympics combines intense competition at all levels of age and ability with close attention to rules and protocol. Special Olympics had more than 53,000 competitions in 2011. Not practices, but competitions in one or more of our 32 sports, many dozens a day on average.

What made the Special Olympics really a special one?

It is termed ‘Special Olympics’ because it is an event organised for people with disabilities. It is named ‘special’ because of the differently-abled status of its participants.

Who can compete in the Special Olympics?

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must have an intellectual disability; a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. (They may also have a physical disability.)

What is meant by Special Olympics?

Definition. Special Olympics is an international organization 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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Why are athletes called Special Olympics?

Special Olympics athletes are people who are 8 years old or older and who have an intellectual disability. There is no upper age limit, and in fact, nearly one-third of our athletes are age 22 or older. Our 30-plus sports are seasonal, so some are winter sports and some are summer sports.