Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition
in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving
them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience
joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special
Olympics athletes and the community. In Maine we serve over 4400 athletes and offer 70+ events year
round at the local, state, national and international levels.
Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper
instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team
sports. Special Olympics also believes that through millions of individual acts of inclusion where
people with and without intellectual disabilities are brought together, long-standing myths are
dispelled, negative attitudes changed and new opportunities to embrace and celebrate people
with intellectual disabilities are created.
Special Olympics vision is to transform communities by inspiring people throughout the
world to open their minds, accept and include people with intellectual disabilities and thereby
anyone who is perceived as different.