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1978
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Special Olympics Maine provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the need of those with special mental and physical limitations.
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1970
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The mission of Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for citizens with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The vision of SOMD is to help bring their athletes into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. In addition, SOMD encourages their athletes to also become leaders and give back to others through Athlete Leadership Programs.
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1972
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Special Olympics unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports everyday in Hawai'i. Through work in sports, health education and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Hawai'i Special Olympics movement has grown from a handful of athletes to more than 3,900 athletes across the state. With the support of more than 8,500 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver nine Olympic-type sports and more than 40 competitions throughout the year. There is never a fee for any athlete or family to participate in Special Olympics programs. For more information visit Special Olympics Hawai'i at www.specialolympicshawaii.org or engage with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsHawaii; Twitter at www.twitter.com/SOHawaii; YouTube at www.youtube.com/SpecialOlympicsHI; and Instagram @SOHawaii.
Founded
1972
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Small
Reveal the champion in all of us.
Incorporated in 1972, the mission of Special Olympics Oklahoma is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The goal of Special Olympics is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the opportunity to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected by their families, friends and in their communities. Oklahoma's first Special Olympics event was an athletics competition at the University of Tulsa in 1969.
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1972
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Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972 and is one of the largest volunteer-driven athletic organizations in the state. The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large.
Founded
1972
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Tiny
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Special Olympics Idaho provides training and athletic competition in 15 Olympic-type sports, year-round and free of charge to over 2,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the state of Idaho. Special Olympics programs, with over 6,000 volunteers, offer athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skill, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Funding comes from the generous donations of individuals, businesses and corporations, as well as from private grants and foundations. Through public awareness and volunteer recruitment, we hope to reach and serve potential athletes who are waiting for their opportunity to participate.
Founded
1977
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Large
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Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. When we achieve this goal through our sports program, we demonstrate that Special Olympics has a unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when we work together. Special Olympics Georgia invests in people with intellectual disabilities, helping them to develop athletic skills, while also promoting the abilities of the athletes off the field.
Founded
1990
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Large
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Founded in 1971, the mission of Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Massachusetts also provides athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes, and the community.
Founded
1972
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Medium
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Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, offering them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. We reach nearly 10,000 athletes across Indiana. Special Olympics Indiana is part of the international network of accredited Special Olympics Programs that reaches more than 2.5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities worldwide.
Founded
1972
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Large
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The mission of Special Olympics Michigan is to provide sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for the children and adults with intellectual disabilities who live in our state. Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness; demonstrate courage; experience joy; and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. More than 16,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics Michigan programs. Michigan has one of the largest programs in the U.S. Through Special Olympics, athletes gain self-confidence and prove their own capabilities. Special Olympics Michigan is not just training for sports--it's training for life.
Founded
1982
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Medium
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Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is a statewide organization providing persons with cognitive disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Individuals who are at least eight years old and are identified as having a cognitive disability are eligible for participation. With seven Area offices throughout the state, Special Olympics Wisconsin serves nearly 10,000 athletes in nearly 189 communities statewide. SOWI's mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with cognitive disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Founded
1981
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Small
Providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports
The Mission of Special Olympics South Dakota is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children (8 years and older) and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Founded
1977
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Small
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Special Olympics Nebraska serves over 3,000 individuals 8 to 83 years of age in over 110 communities in Nebraska. Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, and other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Benefits of participation in Special Olympics include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, friendships, a more positive self-image, and increased family support.
Founded
1980
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Small
Together, we will achieve.
Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) began in 1970, and has grown to include more than 124 local programs and teams across the state. Today Special Olympics Kansas touches the lives of 5,580 athletes who train and compete year-round in 21 sports. In addition, free health screenings and wellness programs are available to all SOKS athletes, and to all individuals with intellectual disabilities in four regional centers across the state. Special Olympics Kansas is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development. Offering year-round initiatives to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Kansas is a platform for acceptance and inclusion as well as one of the largest advocates for healthy lifestyles in the state, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences.
Founded
1977
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Medium
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Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. SOIA has served Iowans with intellectual disabilities since 1968. SOIA provides training and competitions in 22 sports for more than 13,000 athletes representing each of Iowa's 99 counties. SOIA makes a positive difference in the lives of athletes, their families and communities with more than 15,000 individuals and 2,000 certified coaches who volunteer to participate in the programs.
Founded
1969
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Giant
Sports that creates inclusive communities throughout the world, ending intolerance, injustice, and inactivity.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities (ID). Through sports, our athletes are seeing themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. Their world is opened with acceptance and understanding. They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They are also making new friends, as part of the most inclusive community on the planet -- a global community that is growing every day. Our 4.5 million Special Olympics athletes come from more than 170 countries. The goal of Special Olympics, which was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is to reach out to the almost 200 million people in the world with ID to offer continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
Founded
1983
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Large
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Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. By using sport as a vehicle for social change, Special Olympics Virginia strives to create opportunities for meaningful interaction and self-discovery for everyone. The organization's goal is to open the heart and mind of every Virginian to the value and abilities of persons with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Virginia is the state program of Special Olympics Incorporated.
Founded
1978
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Large
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Special Olympics Texas started in 1969, and has grown to become one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world with 58,333 athletes, 4,040 coaches and 40,281 volunteers. The mission of Special Olympics Texas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities [mental retardation], giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Founded
1995
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Small
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Founded in 1970, Special Olympics Montana is a provider of year-round, statewide programs of physical fitness, sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities. Nearly 2,200 athletes participate in 14 Olympic-type sports throughout the year, including aquatics, gymnastics, basketball, golf, snowboarding, cycling, bowling, powerlifting and soccer. Special Olympics Montana gives children and adults continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Founded
1975
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Small
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Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with developmental disabilities, eight years of age and older, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics Colorado held its first event at Aurora Hinkley High School in 1969. Four hundred athletes participated in a one-day track and field meet. Today, Special Olympics Colorado serves nearly 8,500 athletes with a volunteer base of over 6,000 and provides opportunities to train and compete in over 20 Olympic-type sports year-round.
Founded
2002
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Medium
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The mission of the Special Olympics Arizona is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The first Special Olympics Arizona competition in 1975 consisted of a one-day track and field event with 100 athletes and 20 volunteers. Today, Special Olympics Arizona offers 22 sports, 170 programs in 15 regional areas, and five statewide competitions for 9,100 athletes and, 1,300 Class A volunteers and 5,000 day-of-event volunteers on an annual basis.
Founded
1998
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Large
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The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs.
Founded
1996
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Medium
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Founded in 1969, the mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Our vision is to provide sports and training programs for any individual with intellectual disabilities who chooses to participate, thereby improving their lives and the lives of everyone they touch. The Southern California Chapter is bounded by San Luis Obispo, Kern and Inyo Counties in the north, and the U.S./Mexico border in the south.