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Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics competitions are held every day, all around the world—including local, national and regional competitions, adding up to more than 70,000 events a year.

These competitions include the Special Olympics World Games, which alternate between summer and winter games. Special Olympics World Games are held every four years. The most recent World Summer Games were the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held in Athens, Greece (The birthplace of the modern Olympic Games), from June 25, 2011 to July 4, 2011.

The most recent Special Olympics World Winter Games were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from January 29 to February 5, 2013. At the same time, the first Special Olympics Global Development Summit was held on “Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Exclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities,” gathering government officials, activists and business leaders from around the world

The next World Games will be the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California from July 25 to August 2, 2015. Graz and Schladming, Austria will host the next Special Olympics World Winter Games from March 14–24, 2017.



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