The Special Olympics Games

A closer look into the purpose of the Special Olympics.


Gabriel Mendoza, Contributor

What are the Special Olympics?

The Special Olympics is the largest organization revolving around activities for kids and adults with special needs. There are over 5 million people in each competition that is played every two years. Like the traditional Olympics, they alternate between summer and winter activities. There are 150 countries that participate in these competitions. The first global Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Soldier Field in Illinois on July 19 and 20, 1968. There are over three million competitors every year and that amount is still growing. There are 30 different team sports revolving around actually Olympic events.

When the Special Olympics games are not being held, the program helps pay for any extra help individuals need. This includes any hospital visits they need and travel expenses. Not only do they see the other athletes, they also get to meet professional athletes. When they compete, they are separated by age, gender, and their abilities. For judges and other staff, they use volunteers. There are over 750,000 volunteers every year. They also have a specific quote for all the athletes, This quote is “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”


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