Special Olympics Arizona

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Pictures from the Fall Golf Championships held at Vistal Golf Club

Special Olympics Arizona

The athlete is the core of Special Olympics Arizona.  It is our desire to provide for and enhance our existing programs while seeking new and innovative programs to challenge our athletes in achieving their personal goals.
Our Mission:
To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities*, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

  • Intellectual disabilities is synonymous with mental retardation and other closely-related developmental disabilities.

Our Vision:
Special Olympics Arizona’s vision is to help bring all persons with intellectual disabilities and closely-related developmental disabilities into the larger society where they are accepted, respected and given the same opportunities as all others to succeed.
Special Olympics Arizona Athletes:
A Special Olympics Arizona athlete obtains benefits that truly go beyond the joy of competition. An athletes active involvement provides improved physical fitness and sports skills, enhanced self-confidence and social competency, improved employment readiness, better preparation for independent living, increased ability to make personal decisions, improved friend and family relationships, opportunities to broaden experiences and personal growth.  Both on and off the playing field, Special Olympics Arizona provides training for life.  Similarly, coaches, volunteers, families and donors experience joy from opportunities that Special Olympics Arizona brings to their lives.
Did you know...
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was passionate about proving the fact that individuals with intellectual disabilities were capable of participating in sports and physical activities.  She broke the barriers by organizing the first International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field, in Chicago, Illinois in 1968.  Her compassionate determination laid the foundation for one of the largest and most reputable charities in America.
In 1975, the hard work and good will of Shriver’s efforts reached Arizona.  The first Special Olympics Arizona competition consisted of a one-day track and field event with 100 athletes and 20 volunteers.  Today, Special Olympics Arizona offers 24 sports, 170 programs in 16 regional areas, and five statewide competitions for 9,100 athletes and, 1,300 Class A volunteers and 10,000 day-of-event volunteers on an annual basis.
Have you heard...

  • Athletes participate free of charge:  Special Olympics Arizona covers all costs from training and uniforms to physicals and travel.
  • 50% of Special Olympic athletes are employed where as only 10% of intellectually disabled who do not participate are employed.
  • Special Olympics Arizona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization solely supported by donations.  76% of every dollar goes to programs for the Special Olympics Arizona athletes.

You will see...
From the athletes and the family members, to the coaches, volunteers and donors,
Special Olympics Arizona can change lives.  Whether you are looking for inspiration,
or want to inspire, Special Olympics Arizona can provide you with the experience.
For more information about Special Olympics Arizona contact us:
Special Olympics Arizona
1850 N. Central Ave  Suite 900
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(602) 230-1200


2010 Special Olympics State Golf Championships