Our goal is to make health and fitness more accessible!

Despite severe need and higher health risks, people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are often denied health services and die on average 16 years sooner than the general population.

On a global scale, Special Olympics Health, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, and in the United States in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is creating a world where people with intellectual disabilities have every opportunity to be healthy.

Inclusive health means people with ID are able to take full advantage of the same health programs and services available to people who do not have ID. Currently, people with ID face significant challenges in accessing quality health care and obtaining opportunities that promote fitness and wellness, resulting in pronounced health disparities and reduced life expectancy. Special Olympics’ health programming focuses on improving the physical and social-emotional well-being of people with ID by increasing inclusion in health care, wellness and health systems for Special Olympics athletes and others with ID.

Here in Minnesota, we are committed to improving the health of individuals with ID through promoting fitness and providing free health screenings.


Partner with Special Olympics Minnesota to promote inclusive fitness.

Healthy Athletes

Special Olympics Minnesota offers free health screenings and education for our athletes.

In the News

Community leader and mental health advocate
October 7, 2021 – Like many of us, Kayte has had her fair share of mental health struggles throughout the years. However, Special Olympics Minnesota has been a consistent source of community and inclusion for Kayte. Today, she is helping fellow athletes improve their physical and mental health as a Special Olympics Health Ambassador.

How Special Olympics tackled emotional well-being worldwide amidst a global pandemic
September 23, 2021 – With the isolation and anxiety of a global COVID pandemic, Special Olympics has been working harder than ever to ensure the emotional well-being of its athletes.

Tom Golisano Gifts $30 Million to Special Olympics to Expand Critical Health Services Globally for People with Intellectual Disabilities
September 16, 2021 – Special Olympics announced that it has received its largest single private gift in the organization’s 53-year history: $30 million from Tom Golisano to expand the Special Olympics Healthy Communities program.