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Special Olympics Florida provides year-round training and competition opportunities to approximately 15,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the state of Florida. Participation in Special Olympics is voluntary and free of charge to all eligible participants. Participants must be at least eight years of age and have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities or a related cognitive developmental disability.
Because of programs such as Healthy Athletes, Athlete Leadership, and Young Athletes, Special Olympics now stands as a leader in the field of intellectual disability, making incredible strides in the areas of health, research and policy change.

The concept of Special Olympics began in the early 1960s when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities. From that experience, it was clear that these individuals were far more capable in sports and physical activities than many experts believed.

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.


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I was involved with the Special Olympics FL(in Broward county) through the Joe Jonas iwin fun run(I raised over five thousand for them) It was a great experience even though I think it could have been better organized(just being honest). Before I got involved I always thought the SO was a great ... more »
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