Our mission is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to create continuing opportunities for them to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience the joy of being included in the community, build skills and make friends.

The first international Special Olympics games were organized by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and were held in 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Indiana’s involvement began with those first games.

Worldwide efforts to have more athletes involved is the goal of Special Olympics. Indiana is focusing on the development of community-based programs in each county to include and increase the participation.

Over 11,000 children and adults in Indiana train and compete through county and local programs. To be eligible an individual must be eight years of age or older and have been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability or closely related developmental disability.

Special Olympics is a non-profit organization and funded through private donations and fundraising projects across the state and in each county. Fundraising helps pay entry fees, buys equipment, facility rentals for practicing and uniforms.