Special Olympics Florida, Inc. Overview
In 1968, Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the first International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972 and has been growing ever since!
Special Olympics Florida is one of the largest volunteer driven athletic organizations in the state. Involving over 15,000 athletes who have intellectual disabilities, SOFL is made possible by over 4,000 coaches and 25,000 volunteers, annually.
Special Olympics Florida has over 900 local, registered training programs amongst eleven areas. These local programs are accredited by the Special Olympics Florida State office and offer local training and competition. The SOFL office provides state-level competition.
Through successful sports training and competition, Special Olympics athletes develop physically, socially, and psychologically. The positive experiences that the athletes have in ongoing Special Olympics programs builds confidence and self-image, which carries over into all aspects of their lives.