Special Olympics is a life-changing movement of people helping people. The athletes of Special Olympics -- more than 20,000 strong in Pennsylvania -- are constant reminders of all that is right with the human spirit.
The mission of Special Olympics PA is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Our vision is a world where every person, regardless of their ability or disability, is accepted, welcomed and valued – where each individual can contribute to the strength and goodness of his or her family, community, and country.
Through all of our programming, Special Olympics pursues two intertwining goals: to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities, instilling new attitudes of self-confidence and self-worth; and to educate the general public about the value and talents of every human being.