Special Olympics, created in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is a global movement dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers more than 1.3 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports. In addition to its sports programming, Special Olympics offers related initiatives, such as Healthy Athletes®, which provides a variety of health services through clinics conducted in welcoming environments at Special Olympics competitions. There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics.
Special Olympics publishes a quarterly magazine, assorted newsletters, brochures, an Annual Report, a set of fact sheets on its programs, and reports such as the Multinational Study of Attitude toward Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Some materials are available in other languages in addition to English.
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