Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement that uses sports, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination and empower people with intellectual disabilities to become Members accepted and appreciated in their communities. Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50 ° anniversary this year, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5 million of athletes and unified companions in more than 170 countries around the world. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics offers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 108.000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics has the support of individuals, foundations and partners
Special Olympics Latin America is one of the seven regions of Special Olympics International. With presence in 20 countries in the region, it has more than 380,000 athletes who participate in more than 6.000 sports competitions each year. The movement is driven by our volunteers, with more than 36.000 of them providing their time and experience. Special Olympics Latin America embraces a wide variety of cultures, languages and customs, but with one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting the respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity of people with disabilities Intellectual through sport.