Mission: The Special Olympics 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.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000 Special Olympics Chicago athletes
Geographic areas served: City of Chicago
Programs: Competitions in more than 22 sports are offered throughout the year
I am the proud mother of an athlete and can tell you first hand that Special Olympics Chicago has been a positive influence in my daughter's life. She has participated in basketball, swimming, track and field and numerous social opportunities. Each of these experiences has afforded her the chance to interact with others and forge new and lasting friendships.