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Special Olympics
FoundedJuly 20, 1968; 55 years ago (1968-07-20)
FounderEunice Kennedy Shriver
OriginsCamp Shriver
Area served
Official language
and the host country's official language when necessary
Key people
Timothy Shriver (Chairman of the Board)
Mary Davis (Chief Executive Officer)
William P. Alford (Lead Director & Vice Chair)
Angelo Moratti (Vice Chair)
Loretta Claiborne (Vice Chair)
Michelle Kwan (Treasurer)[1]
WebsiteOfficial website
Diona Bell winning the gold medal in the 100-meter run at the Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games, 2011

Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It provides year-round training and competitions to more than 4.4 million athletes in 193 countries. Special Olympics competitions are held every day, all around the world. This includes local, national and regional competitions. Combined they add up to more than 70,000 events a year.

These competitions include the Special Olympics World Games. These alternate between summer and winter games. Special Olympics World Games are held every four years. The most recent World Summer Games were the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held in Athens, Greece (The birthplace of the modern Olympic Games). They ran from June 25, 2011 to July 4, 2011.[2] The next summer games will be held in Los Angeles beginning Saturday, July 25 and ending on August 2, 2015.[3] The Flame of Hope is the symbol of the Special Olympics.[4] It was lit on May 14, 2015 at the Pnyx in Athens, Greece. That began the journey to the World Games. The torch remains lit until the end of the Games on August, 2.

Next Specialolympics will be held in Canada in 2024 in winters

References[change | change source]

  1. "Special Olympics Board of Directors". specialolympics.org. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  2. "2011 Special Olympics Summer Games". The Atlantic Photo. July 12, 2011.
  3. "2015 Special Olympics World Games Partners with Herbalife". Business Wire. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  4. WSLS.com Staff (30 June 2015). "Blacksburg native to carry the 'Flame of Hope' for 2015 Special Olympics World Games". WSLS-10. Retrieved 30 June 2015.