The global Special Olympics Movement was founded in 1968 by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver (President John F. Kennedy’s sister) – today Special Olympics is in nearly 200 countries with over 3 million athletes.
The charity, Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB, www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk est. 1978) is the UK’s largest provider of year-round sports training and competition for all people with an Intellectual Disability.
It is recognised as the third member of the “Olympic family” and the only other organisation allowed to use the word ‘Olympic’.
Unlike the Paralympics or Olympics, Special Olympics is not simply an event every four years for elite athletes – it provides training and personal development for all abilities through regular sports activity at local clubs with the opportunity to participate in regional, national and international events and competitions.
Special Olympics is community based run by volunteers in the local community and transforms the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities through sport…. BUT it is more than just sport, it is training for life.
Special Olympics Oath: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”