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.

The Iconic Washington Tradition Returns!

Join us for the 38th Annual Night of Trees

Join us for the quintessential Washington Holiday Tradition, the Night of Trees Gala, in support of Special Olympics DC athletes and programming. Reserve your spot or table now!

On November 20th, local artists and designers will come together to decorate trees with unique themes. Those trees will be displayed at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, bid on during the Gala, and eventually donated to families and group homes of Special Olympics DC athletes to spread holiday cheer.

For over 30 years, the Night of Trees Gala has been Special Olympics DC’s premier event attended by business executives, professional athletes, philanthropists, and other prominent community leaders, brought together by their passion for sports and desire to create a more inclusive community for people with intellectual disabilities. For more information and to purchase your tables and tickets, or sponsor an athlete visit:

Upcoming Events

We are excited to have Unified sports, 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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