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Where Sport Means More

Special Olympics Oregon uses sports training and competition to grow acceptance and inclusion of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Oregon brings year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Through the challenges and triumphs of real competition, we serve Oregon’s largest disability population by celebrating their abilities. And by competing, athletes experience life-changing opportunities to improve physical fitness, learn everyday life skills and connect more closely to their communities.

It’s all for the athletes.

Special Olympics Oregon assures that cost is never a barrier to participation. All programs are free to the
athletes and provide invaluable experiences to the volunteers and supporters who make it all possible. Through the
power and joy of sport, we focus on and appreciate all that our athletes can do. When that happens, attention
to their disabilities fades away. They become more involved in their communities.  And they explore new
ways to show who they really are.

Here are three ways you can get involved:

Special Olympics Oregon athlete in action photo during downhill ski slalom event

Become a Special Olympics Athlete

Volunteer with athlete at Nike Youth Games

Coach or provide local program support.

Jersey Mikes handing over check to CEO Britt Oase

Contribute as a donor or corporate partner.

Diverse, Year-Round Sports

Special Olympics Oregon athletes participate in 14 Olympic-style sports. Seasonal training and serious competition provide a proven pathway to better health, essential life skills and lifelong friendships. And our Unified Champion Schools program integrates students with and without disabilities to promote acceptance and respect through sports.

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