Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world's largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries -- and millions more volunteers and supporters. We are also a global and social movement.
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills, and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. Please view the following video to see the full spectrum of our activities.
June 9 & 10 at Cal State Long Beach.
On June 9 and 10 we will celebrate champions at the 2018 Summer Games at California State University, Long Beach. The Games attracts more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California who will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons. More than 10,000 individuals will attend the Games which features our four summer sports - athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, and swimming. In addition, new this year, there will be a demonstration of our newest summer sport, flag football!
Summer Games is one of four annual championships held at the conclusion of each sport season, with athletes coming together from throughout Southern California.
Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of more than 34,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Southern California through sports, education, and athlete health.
Having fun, developing skills and building self-esteem is the life of a Special Olympics athlete. We offer year-round training and competitions in 12 sports for people of all ages and skill levels.
Special Olympics encourages inclusion, participation, and leadership in schools and students. Through partnerships, we introduce sports to special education students with practices and competitions.
Keeping our athletes healthy so they can compete is a key goal of the movement. Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Train andcompete inyear-round sports
Give & receive the gift of joy by becoming a volunteer or coach
Help changeone morelife.
View the many stories of acceptance & inclusion.
Special Olympics Southern California provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Our vision is to promote acceptance, inclusion, and well‐being for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.
Thanks so much to my guest Special Olympics of Southern California President/CEO Bill Shumar!
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