Special Olympics Washington works to spread compassion and acceptance in a way that can unite the world. Both on and off the field our goal is to awaken everyone — and every community — to each person’s common humanity. There are approximately 180,000 people with intellectual disabilities in Washington State, and we want to reach  every one of them as well as their families and communities.

By offering a wide range of trainings, competitions, health screenings and programs we provide athletes with education and experiences that build up their confidence and self-esteem. We also create opportunities for families, community members, local leaders, businesses, law enforcement, celebrities, dignitaries and others to team together to change attitudes and support athletes.

Special Olympics knows no boundaries. Without regard to gender, race, religion, economic or education level, Special Olympics has the ability to unite all walks of life.

families-2Family Supports

Families with members who have intellectual disabilities are like other families; however, having a family member with special needs can sometimes introduce new and different challenges for families in their everyday lives.

Special Olympics Washington provides support to assist families in finding a network of similarly minded people. This unique network opens pathways for communication, resources, and ways to get further involved in Special Olympics and our mission. Opportunities include access to support such as seminars, classes and 3rd party events, as well as Family Support Lounges at State Tournaments and more.

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Athlete Leadership

Special Olympics Washington helps to empower the lives of our Athletes on and off the field. While competing, our Athletes experience joy, acceptance, success and camaraderie.

Through Athlete Leadership they can take those skills even further by becoming part of Input Councils, taking classes, and becoming public speakers and ambassadors. Through these classes athletes have increased chances of gaining employment, become mentors for new athletes, and carry the message of what Special Olympics means to them to their whole community.

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Health Initiatives

Special Olympics is the world’s largest public health organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID), providing access to free health services for a population with significant, unmet health needs. Often people with intellectual disabilities are under-served medically, and because of it suffer from a wide variety of health ailments. Special Olympics Washington offers free health screenings at each of our state tournaments, as well as guidance to healthcare providers.

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