Sport Teaches Us

Sport Teaches Us


Sport teaches us. When we train, it teaches us to dream. When we struggle, it teaches us determination. When we win, it teaches us joy. And if we lose, sport teaches us the will to try again. Sport teaches us who we really are. Who can benefit most from this lesson? Those of us who are told most frequently that we can’t. Those of us who are labeled most often by others. Those of us who are judged most unfairly and told that we are this or that. Sport teaches people who they really are and we teach people sport. We’re Special Olympics. Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, we provide millions of athletes with intellectual disabilities in more than 170 countries the opportunity to experience all the empowering benefits of sport, with over 44,000 competitions a year and World Games every two years. And though it all starts with sports, Special Olympics is much more. We’re a network of families who share information, understanding and support. We’re Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, the largest provider of free health services for people with intellectual disabilities. We’re volunteers and builders of communities, reaching and helping people who would otherwise be forgotten in some of the most neglected areas of the world. We’re bridge builders, helping to forge relationships and acceptance between our athletes and young people without intellectual disabilities, teaching them to become leaders in their own right. We’re champions and advocates for learning, research and policy changes across the globe. Most importantly, we’re also a catalyst for social change. Because once you see what our athletes are capable of, you start to lose your preconceptions. So sport teaches people who they really are and we teach people sports, but in the end, it’s really they who teach us all. Special Olympics. Be a fan.

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