Our Mission

Our local mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through training and competition opportunities, athletes will experience growth in physical skills, a sense of accomplishment, socialization, friendship, and a connection with the community.

About us

Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching nearly 11,000 athletes across Indiana. Special Olympics Indiana is part of the international network of accredited Special Olympics Programs thatreaches more than 2.5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities worldwide. Sport is a universal language that unites people on and off the field of play. Its lessons are relevant to all. Using sports training and athletic competition to help break down barriers that have historically kept people apart, Special Olympics Indiana promotes meaningful inclusion and acceptance for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Indiana. These experiences ultimately create an inclusive environment where everyone benefits and little by little, the world changes. The sport is the medium, but the real power lies within the Special Olympics experience and all the people it touches. You can learn more by visiting the Indiana Special Olympics site and the National Special Olympics site.


COVID-19 Forces Cancellation of Special Olympics Activities

The Wayne County CMT met this evening to discuss the challenges created by COVID-19 and the restrictions on return to play imposed by Special Olympics International.  Sadly, after much discussion, the board concluded that current circumstances make it impossible for us to safely resume our normal Special Olympics activities.  Both softball and bowling are cancelled for this year.  Additionally, we regret that neither the Halloween Dance nor the annual Christmas Dinner/Dance will be possible.  We hate disappointing our athletes but hope you understand that our first priority must be the safety of our athletes and volunteers.

Fitness Challenge Results

The state has announced Virtual Summer Games results.  Wayne County earned 5th place in their Challenge bracket. Way to go Wayne County!

Spirit of Special Olympics Awards

During Summer Games closing ceremonies, area winners of the Spirit of Special Olympics awards were announced.  We congratulate the family of Erin Tuegel, who were chosen as Area 9's Family of the Year!

Sports And Fitness Challenge 
Athletes and volunteers participating in the Sports and Fitness Challenge, remember to send your weekly records sheet to Lonnie Snow each Friday. 

We miss you and continue to look forward to the time we can safely resume face to face activities.
Thank you for supporting Special Olympics Wayne County!