ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Through sports, Special Olympics showcases the skills and dignity of the athletes. They also bring together communities to see and take part in the transformative power of sports. They know the odds our athletes must overcome and the barriers they face every single day. They see this at training events and competitions as the athletes push to beat their personal bests — and exceed them. Their stories and successes inspire us all.
Special Olympics International was chosen by delegates to the 55th General Convention as the international service project of Phi Sigma Kappa.
Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. Its goal is for all persons with mental retardation to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities. The benefits of participation in Special Olympics for people with mental retardation include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, friendships and increased family support.
Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics operates in 95 percent of all the counties in the United States, hosting more than 15,000 events in schools, centers, and cities at the local, area and chapter level. A state directory is provided for your convenience.
Special Olympics has favorable name recognition with 98% of the United States public, and its events are covered by 72 percent of all newspapers and television stations. Of 96 non-profit organizations ranked by respondents to a recent poll, Special Olympics was viewed as the most credible charity.
Phi Sigma Kappa has aligned itself with an organization which is sure to provide lifetime opportunities for both undergraduates and alumni. Programming ideas are endless.