The 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,
giving them continuing opportunities to develop
physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy,
and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and
with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community.
Support the R-word Campaign
The Knoxville Special
Olympics is working to end the demeaning use of the
R-word. The word "retard" can be very hurtful to those of
us who are intellectually disabled or love someone that
is. Help us make the world a better place to live by
pledging your support..
Is Special Olympics ?
In 1968, Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics
as part of the Joseph P. Kennedy foundation. Since then,
Special Olympics has grown into an international
organization (SOI), with affiliates in all 50 states and
143 different countries worldwide. The premise of the
original Special Olympics, to improve the quality of
life for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their
families, is alive and well today.
YOU have services or equipment to donate, what should you
Olympics of Greater Knoxville is funded exclusively by
donations from individuals and businesses in the
Knoxville area. If you are interested in giving back to
Is Special Olympics Funded ?
Olympics of Greater Knoxville serves over 1500 athletes,
providing them with year-round training and competition
in 18 different sports. Opportunity for athletes' growth
is evident in so many areas: Physical, emotional,
social, just to name a few.
YOU KNOW ?...
You can sponsor an athlete in the Knoxville area. Your
sponsorship will enable local athletes to attend local,
state and regional competitions in a variety of
YOU HELP ?
You can help in many ways. Special Olympics is volunteer
driven and funded entirely by individuals and businesses
in the community. Find out how you can get
Thank you to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, peer tutors and coaches for making this all possible. You make a wonderful difference in the lives of our athletes and we cannot thank you enough for your support.