Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem and the life skills necessary to be productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.
Founded in 1972, Special Olympics Florida currently serves 21,000 athletes and offers competition in team and individual sports. These athletes are trained by certified coaches, and are supported and encouraged by thousands of volunteers statewide, making Special Olympics Florida one of the largest volunteer-driven organizations in Florida.At the grassroots level, Special Olympics Florida has over 900 local, registered training programs within 11 geographic service areas. Special Olympics athletes are given opportunities to participate without regard to economic, demographic, religious, or social factors. Neither athletes nor their parents are charged a fee to participate in the program, and activities exist for those of all ability levels, from the highly functioning to the severely challenged.