Healthy Athletes

Special Olympics DC offers the following health services and screenings:

  • MedFests: physical examinations performed by physicians and nurses
  • Opening Eyes: eye exams and eyeglasses
  • Special Smiles: dental screenings


The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities. In addition to athlete care, Healthy Athletes also trains health care professionals who then go back to their practices with increased knowledge of and compassion for people with intellectual disabilities.

Healthy Athletes offers free health screenings in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety and trepidation people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a doctor or dentist. Our impact on the health and well-being of Special Olympics athletes around the world is great, in some cases saving lives by discovering unknown health issues or providing health care that otherwise would not be available.

Finally, through the Healthy Athletes events we can insure that our athletes will be physically able to compete. Just like with any athletic competition we want to make sure the athletes will not be at risk to get injured while competing.