The global 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.
We provide continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Welcome to Special Olympics South Africa
Changing attitudes, changing lives
Founded in 1991, Special Olympics South Africa is home to more than 45 000 talented athletes trained in 18 competitive sports. We provide year-round training for men, women and children with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to transform their lives through the joy of sport, and to transform the lives
of their families and communities.
What is an intellectual disability?
An intellectual disability refers to an individual with certain limitations in cognitive functioning and skills. These include communication, social skills and an ability to adequately care for his or her personal needs. An intellectual disability should not be confused with a physical disability.