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Mission

The mission of Special Olympics 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.

Goal

To bring all persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given a chance to become useful and productive citizens.

Our Philosophy

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.

Special Olympics believes that consistent training is indispensable to the development of sports skills and that competition among those with equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth.Through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding of people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.

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