Sports, Health and Inclusion

Our programs serve more than 2,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the District.

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Sports are a powerful force that can shift the focus from disability to ability. We offer 10 Olympic-style sports year-round.


Our programs in over 45 DC schools create activities that lead to more inclusive and accepting school environments.


The Healthy Athletes program provides information and resources to help athletes realize sustainably healthy and productive lives.

2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run –

Friday September 23, 2022


Join hundreds of local law enforcement officers and Special Olympics DC athletes for our 2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run!

The Torch Run for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. In the District, funds raised through this event help provide year-round sports, health and inclusion programs free of charge to DC residents.

This is a CERTIFIED 5K course and anyone can participate running or walking. Registration fee includes a dri-fit t-shirt, hydration and food at the event. Can’t attend this year? Buy this year’s t-shirt and show your support for Special Olympics DC athletes!

Run as an individual, create a team, or join our SODC Unified Team for the 5K Run/Walk on Friday, September 23rd, 2022 at 12pm.

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Upcoming Events

We are excited to have Unified and Traditional sports and school programs in full swing this fall. Please visit our Calendar page to check out what is coming up for us!

What We Do

Through sports, health and inclusion programs, Special Olympics D.C. is changing the lives of people with IDD, solving the isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face.

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