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Benefitting Special Olympics Missouri Athletes


Our Mission is...

...to provide year-round sports training and athletic 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.

What we do

Special Olympics Missouri serves the largest population of individuals with a disability - those with intellectual disabilities. Comprehensive, Total Athlete Programs include sports training and competition, health and wellness, leadership and youth/student engagement.

For 50 years, Special Olympics Missouri has been spreading the message: people with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the opportunity. With training and competitions in 16 Olympic-style sports, our athletes push hard and play harder. They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again. From the local ballfields to the shining stage of the World Games, from swimming to skiing, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Missouri is So. Much. More.

Health and Wellness is a critical component of Special Olympics programs. Through training, health exams, and proper nutrition, we provide inclusive health options to people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and the health community.

Athlete Leadership Programs teach individuals with and without intellectual disabilities how to achieve success, joy and acceptance as respected leaders and spokespeople in their communities.

Unified Champion Schools promote social inclusion by bringing together young people with and without intellectual disabilities on sports teams through inclusive student clubs and by fostering youth leadership. At its core, this strategy is about unifying all students- with and without disabilities-using sports as a catalyst for social inclusion, attitude and behavioral change.

The Young Athlete Program® is a fun way for children to develop cognitive and relational skills while being active and establishing healthy habits for the future.

Research demonstrates that Special Olympics athletes experience improvement in physical activity, health, social skills, self-esteem and confidence when they participate in Special Olympics programs and services. Special Olympics Missouri athletes share their joy, and confidence on the playing field and in life, inspiring people in their lives and communities to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

Special Olympics Missouri is proud to be recognized with these honors:

BBB A+ Charity Accreditation, Charity Navigator 4-star rating and Guidestar Gold Level.