The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.
Special Olympics Florida works with individuals of all abilities including but not limited to those with brain and spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis (CF), epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy, down syndrome, developmental delays, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), blindness and low vision, hearing loss or deafness, and/or sensory processing disorders.
In Special Olympics, the athletes are the heart of the movement. Our athletes not only have the opportunity to develop physical fitness and become competitive athletes, but through sport, they build self-esteem, social skills, friendships, leadership skills, have fun and learn life lessons that translate into their lives away from the playing field, making them more productive and accepted members of society. No matter what your ability level, you can benefit from Special Olympics. And no matter what your interest,there is a sport for you. There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics.