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  • About Us

    Special Olympics is a movement built on inclusion, where every person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping make the world a better, healthier, and more joyful place through the power of sport.
    • Our Mission The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for 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.
    • Meet Our Team Committed to delivering top-notch sports competitions and various experiences for individuals with intellectual disabilities, our team is devoted to advancing the mission of Special Olympics throughout the state of Tennessee. The shared objective of the Special Olympics Tennessee (SOTN) staff is to provide sports and programs that empower athletes to acquire new skills, lead healthy lifestyles, and actively engage in their communities. Feel free to reach out to us for additional information or with any inquiries
    • Special Events Special Olympics Tennessee hosts several fundraising events throughout the year to help support the more than 18,000 athletes in the state of Tennessee. We hope you can join us for any of our special events as a participant or volunteer.
    • News Our athletes are making headlines! Read below for stories of empowerment, inclusion, hope and respect within Special Olympics Tennessee and the wider Special Olympics global community.For media inquiries, please contact Justin Bradford at [email protected]. View our press kit here.
    • Our Partners Active across the state, reaching more than 17,000 athletes and volunteers, Special Olympics Tennessee is a movement that changes lives. Our Programs succeed in building advocacy networks, transforming lives, and creating a lasting positive impact.

      Corporate partnerships with Special Olympics Tennessee strengthen partners' brand value, engage employees, build consumer loyalty and promote business objectives while helping us deliver our mission. We offer partnership packages at various levels and have opportunities to support in various ways to help raise awareness and fund the movement, ultimately strengthening the company and employees along the way.

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    Upcoming Events

    • 2024 East TN Golf Regional

      Bear Trace at Harrison Bay - Harrison, TN
    • 2024 Cop On A Rooftop

      Franklin County Courthouse - North Jefferson Street
      Fundraising Event
      Officers from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office will be stationed on the roof of the Franklin County Courthouse, and they won't come down until they reach their fundraising goal of $10,000.
    • 2024 Middle TN Golf Regional

      Henry Horton State Park - Chapel Hill, TN

    Become An Athlete

    Special Olympics Tennessee (SOTN) offers sports training and competition in 16 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Individuals eight years old and up can compete in local and state competitions. The Young Athletes program is available for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2-7

    Unified Fore Joy ProAm at Topgolf

    September 27, 2024. Participating locations: Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis. Register a team to compete in the largest day of inclusive golf in the world.

    Become A Volunteer

    Special Olympics Tennessee would not exist today and could not have been created without the time, energy, and dedication of thousands of volunteers.

    Inclusive Health

    Tennessee offers 7 different and free Healthy Athletes screenings and health education throughout the year.

    Beyond Sports

    Our reach extends beyond the playing field! Sport, health, and education programming enriches the lives of more than 18,000 participating athletes.

Latest Blogs

New Faces From Williamson County Join NSC Unified Team

Braden Jenkins and Kathryn Morphy are excited to compete and represent on the pitch
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Rutherford County Rockstars Enjoy Unified Experience at Basketball Regionals

Match ends in tie with fellow Unified team from Cheatham County
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Fisher Siblings Return to Nashville SC Unified Team

The brother and sister duo enjoyed signing day ceremonies at GEODIS Park
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Dobyns-Bennett Wins TSSAA Unified Bowling State Championship

Unified team from Kingsport brings home a state title
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Unified Champion Schools

The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting systems-wide change.

Special Olympics Tennessee

Our reach extends across Tennessee and brings sport, health and education programs to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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Registered Athletes