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 4.2 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 two years. The Special Olympics World Games are often the largest sporting event to take place in the world during that year.
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.