Sports are a powerful tool. They provide growth in self-esteem, social skills, physical fitness and leadership. But most importantly, sports give people the chance to be included and build relationships and friendships that last a lifetime. With sports as the driving force, Special Olympics Minnesota has been leading the charge on making Minnesota more inclusive for people with intellectual disabilities.

Our mission is to create a new world of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities. We do this by providing year-round sports training and athletic competitions, inclusive healthcare programs, leadership and advocacy training, and inclusive school programs.


We envision a Minnesota where every person, regardless of their ability, has every opportunity to thrive and reach their fullest potential.

Let’s bust some myths about Special Olympics Minnesota

Myth: Special Olympics is one event that happens every four years.
Truth: Special Olympics is a movement, not an event. We host 100 different events every year that range from sports competitions to inclusive health fairs to the Polar Plunge and more! 

Myth: Special Olympics is just for children with intellectual disabilities.
Truth: Special Olympics is for everyone. Our programs are available for all ages and all abilities. This inclusive movement is made up of many roles: volunteers, coaches, team assistants, athletes, Unified partners and more! Learn more about the role that’s right for you.