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Causes: Arts & Culture, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Museums, Special Olympics, Sports

Mission: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in a variety of olympic-style sports.

Programs: Special olympics maine conducts several state level competitions annually in 22 olympic-style sports. Among these are summer and winter games, which are 3-day, 2-night events hosting 1,500 and 500 athletes respectively - regional soccer and basketball events (6 total), equestrian, aquatics, bocce, motor activities, golf, and tennis competitions in various locations around the state. On an annual basis, our program serves over 4,000 different athletes. In addition, there are more than 45 competitive events offered at the local or area level. Our program also offers a statewide comprehensive "coaches education system" to train volunteer coaches and event volunteers, who in turn, train our athletes in the many sports we offer.

special olympics owns and operates a 5-acre facility called "camp tall pines" - used primarily as a facility for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to enjoy a traditional camp experience. Camp tall pines has a "formal" summer camp season - june, july, and august, and remains open and available the rest of the year, to any group, school setting, family, workplace, etc. Who serves citizens of maine with intellectual disabilities. The up-keep, improvements, staffing, and maintenance of this facility are also the responsibility of our program.

our statewide "healthy athletes program" is also part of the offerings of our program: through a global team of health-care volunteers, healthy athletes works to improve access and health care for special olympics athletes; make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate; train health care professionals and students about the needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities; collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people with intellectual disabilities; and advocate for improved health policies and programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

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