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Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.


90 x 122 Christy Weir
Christy Weir
Director, Global Media and Public Relations
+1 202 824-0307
Social Media
90 x 122 Ryan Eades
Ryan Eades
Director, Digital & Social Engagement
+1 202 824-0292
Twitter: @ryan2499
Health Programs
90 x 122 Lynn Erickson
Lynn Erickson
Manager, Health Communications
+1 202-824-0247

Latest News and Press Releases

Special Olympics Reacts on UN Day of Human Rights to Media Story about "Do Not Resuscitate" Order for Person with Down syndrome

Special Olympics is alarmed to hear the disturbing story that has emerged from the United Kingdom surrounding a ‘do not resuscitate’ (DNR) order placed on a patient with Down syndrome by hospital staff who listed his learning difficulties among the reasons for doing so.

Special Olympics Athlete Named to espnW 25 Most Impactful Women in Sport List

Special Olympics USA athlete Olivia Quigley is fearless -- she is a powerhouse of energy and inspiration. Because of her drive and inspiration to so many, espnW named her as one of the 25 Most Impactful Women in Sport for 2015!

Special Olympics Highlights a Global, Unified Vision at the International Centre for Sport Security

Special Olympics highlighted the importance of sport in empowering people with intellectual disabilities at the International Centre for Sport Security conference in New York City.

Events Around the World

  • Jan 07 - Jan 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
    Mon Jan 7 - Mon Jan 21, 2019
    5 venues
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

    Mon Jan 7 - Mon Jan 21, 2019

    The Games in Abu Dhabi will be the world's largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019. The Board unanimously voted to award the World Games to Abu Dhabi based on a comprehensive bid proposal, a site visit by a Board Committee, and the country's vision to create inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. That vision begins with the United Arab Emirates and extends to their region and the world. The UAE is close to Asia, the Middle East and Africa, so the Games are expected to have a very broad benefit.

    Contact information
    Aquatics Palace
    1 Swimmingly Lane
    Aquacity, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    All swimming events will occur in this venue.
    Field Sport Palace
    23 Field Sport Avenue
    Fieldcity, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    All field sports will occur in this venue
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