For all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the chance to became useful and productive citizens who would be accepted and respected in their communities.
Participation in Special Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities includes improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, more-positive self-image, friendships, and increased family support. Special Olympics athletes’ carry these benefits with them into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job, and in the community. Families who participate become stronger as they learn a greater appreciation of their athlete’s talents.
Community volunteers find out what good friends the athletes can be. And everyone learns more about the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics believe that competition among those of equal abilities is the best way to test its athlete’s skills, measure their progress, and inspire them to grow. Special Olympics believes that its program of sports training and competition helps people with intellectual disabilities become physically fit and grow mentally, socially, and spiritually, Special Olympics believes that consistent training is required to develop sports skills.