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Special Olympics Indiana
Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching nearly 11,000 athletes across Indiana. Special Olympics Indiana is part of
the international network of accredited Special Olympics Programs that
reaches more than 2.5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities worldwide.
Sport is a universal language that unites people on and off the field of play.
Its lessons are relevant to all. Using sports training and athletic competition
to help break down barriers that have historically kept people apart, Special
Olympics Indiana promotes meaningful inclusion and acceptance for children
and adults with intellectual disabilities in Indiana. These experiences ultimately
create an inclusive environment where everyone benefits and little by little, the
world changes. The sport is the medium, but the real power lies within the
Special Olympics experience and all the people it touches.
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
Special Olympics Athlete Oath
Our local mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through training and competition opportunities, athletes will experience growth in physical skills, a sense of accomplishment, socialization, friendship, and a connection with the community.
It all began in the early 1960s, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw how unjustly and unfairly people with intellectual disabilities were treated. She also saw that many children with special needs didn’t even have a place to play. She decided to take action. Soon, her vision began to take shape, as she held a summer day camp for young people with intellectual disabilities in her own backyard. The goal was to learn what these children could do in sports and other activities – and not dwell on what they could not do. This vision eventually grew into the global Special Olympics movement.
Jimmy Miller and Timmy Patterson
Run The 50 M Dash
Young Athletes of Wayne County
Special Olympics Opening Parade