Is Special Olympics inclusive?

Who benefits from the Special Olympics?

Special Olympics is empowering athletes with intellectual disabilities to be leaders in society by providing them opportunities to learn skills that transcend the playing field. Our athletes hold jobs, go to school and are active members in their communities.

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.

How popular is the Special Olympics?

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities, providing year-round training and activities to 5 million participants and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries.

Do Special Olympic athletes get paid?

In fact, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) does not pay athletes a cent for their appearance in the Olympics. Athletes have to fund their way either from their own pockets or through other means.

Who is eligible for 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.

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