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- Tim Martin, CEO & President of Special Olympics Arizona

What We Do

For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and develop belief in themselves. For athletes, Special Olympics sports provide a gateway to empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy. The lessons learned in Special Olympics also impact their life skills. Sports training enhances focus and gives participants a structure for learning important lessons about perseverance, endurance and setting goals. Many people are surprised to know, more than half of adult Special Olympics athletes in the United States are employed, versus 10 percent of intellectually disabled persons who do not participate in Special Olympics.

Unified

Unified Sports® is an inclusive program which combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition.

Sports & Competitions

Sports training enhances focus and gives participants a structure for learning important lessons about perseverance, endurance and setting goals.

Health Programs

SOAZ's Health initiative strives to expand those with intellectual disabilities access to health care and wellness resources from a series of single events such as Healthy Athletes, to a steady presense in the lives of our athletes and their families through Health Educationl, and to using a team of public health professions to continue to create the greatest impact on our Athletes to live healthier and happier lives. 

Young Athletes

The Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports/play program for children ages 2 1/2 to 7, who have intellectual disabilities. Through the Young Athletes Program exercises and activities, a child acquires and improves fundamental skills.

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