Special Olympics is an world wide program of year-round
sports training and athletic competition.
For more than one million children and adults with mentalretardation.
Special Olympics Began ...
in 1968 when Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the First
Olympics Games at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Special Olympics was born in the early 1960s when Mrs. Shriver started a camp for people with a mental retardation disorder. She saw that people with a mental
retardation disorder were far more capable in sports and physical activities than many experts thought.
Special Olympics are in all 50 states!
About 25,000 communities in the United States have Special Olympics programs.
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt!"
To Be Eligible To Participate…
in Special Olympics, you must be at least eight
years old and identified by a professional as having one of the following
disorders: mental retardation, cognitive delays as measured by formal
assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay
that require or have required specially-designed instruction.