Our Work

Across more than 170 countries, the Special Olympics movement creates opportunity in athletics, leadership, health and education for over 5 million people with intellectual disabilities. Beyond its 100,000+ athletic competitions per year, Special Olympics has grown into the world’s leading force for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. At the forefront of this movement, Special Olympics Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities are bringing the vision of an inclusive world to life in their schools and communities.


Special Olympics was founded on a spirit of innovation, a restless drive to disrupt the conditions that divide people with and without intellectual disabilities and replace them with the power of inclusion. Today, Special Olympics embraces this as its legacy and mission and has called youth from around the world to be the next generation of leaders for inclusion: a global Unified Generation.