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Athletes are at the heart of Special Olympics. Our athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities who are finding success, joy, and friendship as part of our community. Through sport, athletes see themselves for their abilities, not their disabilities. Learn more about becoming a Special Olympics athlete and find information for current athletes.

Unified Partners

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away. Unified Partners compete with Unified Champion School programs as well as community programs.