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Ohio

The mission of Special Olympics Ohio is to provide year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, home, job and community.
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Special Olympics Ohio has approximately 200 local member organizations and over 24,000 athletes who are in training and competition. These organizations originate from County Boards of MR/DD, public schools, developmental centers, parks and recreation departments, churches and parent and community groups.

Sports and Competition
Special Olympics Ohio hosts seven state events every year and our local organizations host about 75.  State competitions include Golf, Bowling, Aquatics, Softball, Winter Games, Basketball, Summer Games.  See all of our upcoming sports events.

If you know someone interested in competing for Special Olympics Ohio, please contact our office or go to our website to find your area’s point of contact.   

Get Involved Today
Our organization is run almost entirely by volunteers. Over 12,000 individuals donate their time each year to provide the sports training and competition opportunities across the state.  Special Olympics Ohio depends on these volunteers for our state competitions and our local programs keep many volunteers busy as coaches and partners.  Volunteer today!

Special Olympics Ohio runs several fundraisers throughout the year to support our events.  We highly encourage people to attend and/or participate in these events. Fundraiser events range from our energetic and exciting Polar Plunges to a night at the Cleveland Indians’ baseball game.  Join us at an event!

Whether you are interested in coaching, officiating or assisting with an event, we have ample opportunities for you to get involved with Special Olympics Ohio.  We hope to see you at one of our sporting or fundraising events soon! Check out our pictures from our past events.

Ohio Contact Info

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3303 Winchester Pike
Columbus, OH 43232

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+1 (614) 239-7050

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Upcoming Events

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

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    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.


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    Aquatics Palace
    1 Swimmingly Lane
    Aquacity, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    All swimming events will occur in this venue.
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    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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