What We Do
Special Olympics District of Columbia is part of the global Special Olympics movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face.
Special Olympics DC provides year-round sports, health and inclusion programs which are essential in helping participants lead healthier lives and develop valuable skills that help them succeed in life and become self-advocates. These services are provided for free.
Who We Serve
Special Olympics DC serves more than 1,600 children and adult participants with intellectual or closely related developmental disabilities. Did you know that an estimated 35%-40% of Special Olympics DC athletes fall at or below the poverty line, and approximately 70% come from single parent households? In addition to their disability, that makes this population even more vulnerable and in-need of the services and programs offered by Special Olympics DC.
Communities of Support
There are about 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Our goal is to reach out to every one of them - and their families as well.
Special Olympics DC does this through a wide range of training, competitions, health screenings and fund-raising events. We also create opportunities for families, community members, local leaders, businesses, law enforcement, celebrities, dignitaries and others to band together to change attitudes and support athletes.
Connecting Us All
Special Olympics DC knows no boundaries. Without regards to gender, race, religion, economic or education level, Special Olympics has the ability to unite all walks of life.
This spirit of generosity, inclusion and volunteerism helps to connect the community as a whole. In this way we can build a stronger, safer world.