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Special Olympics, Inc.

Brief Description of Your Organization's Activities:: 
The mission of Special Olympics, Inc. 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.                                                                                                                                                
       
Special Olympics is committed to empowering people with intellectual disabilities on and off the playing field.
In addition to sports training and competition, Special Olympics provides athletes with health screenings and
leadership training & opportunities. It also provides programming for families, schools, and youth. It is a leader
in generating current, fact-based, externally validated research on attitudes toward people with disabilities,
on health issues for people with intellectual disabilities, and on the impact of Special Olympics programming.

                    

Healthy Athletes

Launched officially as a Special Olympics program in 1997, Healthy Athletes provides free health screenings and services to athletes at local, State/Provincial, National and World Games. Comprised of seven disciplines Fit Feet, FUNfitness, Health Promotion, Healthy Hearing, MedFest, Opening Eyes, and Special Smiles the program goal is to improve training and competition by focusing on the overall health and fitness of Special Olympics athletes through basic health screenings, educational information, and referrals for follow-up care as needed. Implemented globally, nearly 500,000 screenings have been completed since program inception and more than 50,000 health professionals and volunteers have received training for working with patients with intellectual disabilities; this training helps health professionals increase their knowledge, comfort level, and competence in working with patients with intellectual disabilities and enables them to bring these skills back to their communities. Through Healthy Athletes, Special Olympics has also emerged as a research leader on the health disparities of individuals with intellectual disabilities; the organization releases studies periodically geared at improving the health of this population.

Website:
http://www.specialolympics.org                                   

        
Contact: Meaghan McHugh
 Special Olympics
1133 19th St NW 11th Floor
Washington, DC  20036
Telephone : 202-824-0217
 Fax : 202-824-0200
 Email :
mmchugh@specialolympics.org

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