Special Olympics Ireland

Special Olympics changes lives. Special Olympics Ireland is first and foremost a unique non-profit sports organization offering an year round program for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport.

It’s about fun, friendships and team spirit; it’s about a feeling of belonging, and ultimately improving quality of life. Special Olympics changes lives in so many different ways. Through sport, our athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in. Special Olympics enables them to achieve and win not only in sport, but in life too.

Special Olympics athletes range from young to old.

Special Olympics athletes range from young to old.

Special Olympics Ireland currently has almost 11,000 registered athletes participating in 15 sports in 409 affiliated groups throughout the island of Ireland.  These athletes are supported by their families and a team of 25,000 volunteers who give up their time to help out at sporting and fundraising events

Special Olympics is at the forefront of a global movement with the power to change the world, but also a powerful and life-changing personal journey for all who participate. Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


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