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About UsSpecial 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.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type 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
Our staff is dedicated to providing quality sports competitions and other experiences to individuals with intellectual disabilities, and to furthering the mission of Special Olympics across the state of Tennessee. The SOTN staff’s collective goal is to offer sports and programs that help athletes develop new skills, live healthy lifestyles, and participate fully in their communities. Contact us for more information or with any questions.
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.
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 jb[email protected]. View our press kit here.
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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Special Olympics Tennessee (SOTN) offers sports training and competition in 17 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.Our reach extends beyond the playing field! Sport, health, and education programming enriches the lives of more than 18,000 participating athletes.Join us and hundreds of other brave souls across the state for the coolest thing you'll do in 2024. Over 10 different plunge opportunities across the state.
Gatlinburg, TNSkiing, Snowboarding, Speed Skating, 3v3 Basketball, Fitness Combine Games
- Our Mission
Multi-sport athlete Nick Turner works on his golf game at Topgolf1 Min Read
Unified Sports provides an incredible experience for both athletes and Unified Partners1 Min Read
Vaughn and Buck have participated in multiple Special Olympics golf events1 Min Read
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Special Olympics Tennessee
Our reach extends across Tennessee and brings sport, health and education programs to individuals with intellectual disabilities.