Throughout 2018, the Special Olympics movement is celebrating 50 years of joy, courage and empowerment. In honor of the 50th anniversary, we are sharing 50 great moments from Special Olympics’ history from now until the end of the year! Visit www.sonc.net to see each moment.
North Carolina joined the Special Olympics movement in 1970, holding its first Games May 29-31 in Burlington. Here are a few photos from the event that demonstrate the joy athletes experienced that day. http://www.sonc.net
The mission of Special Olympics 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.
Special Olympics aims to combine high quality sports with a wide audience, and be a driving force for social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.