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.



The mission of Special Olympics is to provide sports training and competition throughout the year in a variety of Olympic-type sports, to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuous opportunities to develop aptitude  Physical, show value, experience joy and participate in an exchange of gifts, skills and fellowship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the wider community.


We believe in the transformative power of sports to change lives, families and society in general. We accept the purity of sport at all levels, witnessing the incredible athletic triumphs of people who break stereotypes and prejudices

We motivate and empower athletes to be respected members and contributors to Special Olympics and society. We support leading athletes on and off the field as we believe that our athletes inspire people around the world to create an inclusive world for all

We are united in our commitment to inclusiveness, respect and dignity. We build acceptance communities: loving families, inspired employees, coaches, volunteers and committed fans. We're all just one team. A movement around communities and countries

We live our athlete oath: "I want to win. But if I can't win, I want to be brave in the attempt. " We celebrate personal accomplishments and best efforts of all without fear of failure

We are capable, tenacious and resilient. We do not surrender to ourselves or to others. Together we demonstrate a remarkable teamwork and we manage to eliminate barriers and create new opportunities



Special Olympics will celebrate its 50 anniversary by expanding its goal of focusing on ending discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities around the world and creating inclusive communities. Strategic change will amplify the impact that Special Olympics is making through its programmatic work on sports, health and youth participation and schools, to bridge the gaps in access and opportunities for a community that comprises the 3% of the world's population.