Who are we? What do we do?
Great questions. The Special Olympics is an international organization of very committed and enthusiastic people. We love to talk about what we do... And why. We would love to answer your questions. Just ask.
Who are we?
Special Olympics is composed athletes, families, coaches and volunteers who are passionate, committed individuals from every walk of life, who recognize the value and unique gifts of people with intellectual disabilities... And, who together, share the common belief of dignity, equality and opportunity for ALL people.
We are a part of a global nonprofit organization that serves nearly 200 million people with intellectual disabilities, with a presence in nearly 200 countries world wide. At the local level, we are citizens of Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta and Highland County serving 170 athletes with intellectual disabilities in our communities, providing opportunities to train and compete in 15 different sports and partake in a wide variety of social activities. We are a part of the Shenandoah Region of Virginia, Area 5.
Every day, 365 days a year, volunteers, athletes, family and staff from our community work tirelessly to ensure a quality sports experience for our local Special Olympics athletes and an accepting community for their families.
Athletes come from diverse cultures and
backgrounds, the common thread tying us together is our belief in people
with intellectual disabilities and in Special Olympics: its unique
ability to envision and create a world where every person is celebrated
and accepted — all through the simple platform of sport.
The Local Virginia Area 5 Organization