Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics. Our athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities from all around the world. When presented with the opportunity and proper training, the athletes present their abilities through sports experiences and show the community that true spirit of sports. They are finding success, joy and friendship as part of our global community. They’re also having lots of fun!
Everybody is different. Special Olympics is for people who are different because they learn new skills slowly. They may not understand ideas that other people learn easily. They are different in other ways as well. They have an intellectual disability, or ID. Intellectual disabilities happen in all cultures, races and countries.
The goal of Special Olympics is to reach out to the 200 million people in the world with ID. Our more than 4.2 million Special Olympics athletes – ages 8 years old and up — come from more than 170 countries. We also have a Young Athletes program for children ages 2 to 7.
At any age and in every country, our athletes are learning new skills, making new friends and gaining in fitness and confidence.
There is never any cost for the athletes or their families to participate with us here at Special Olympics DC. Every program that we provide is totally free of charge.
If you or someone you know would like to become a Special Olympics DC athlete, please get in touch with us.