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.

NEWS

Don't let social distancing keep us apart this summer. Join the fun on Friday, June 12!

Special Olympics Indiana is proud to present the organization's first-ever Virtual Summer Games, inviting athletes across the state to participate in a special at-home Sports & Fitness Challenge taking place from June 13 - July 20. And we have good news: YOU are invited to help us kick things off by taking part in the 2020 Flame of Hope Torch Run and Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 12!


As our largest annual event, Summer Games represents the pinnacle of competition for the more than 18,000 people we serve each year, with delegations from every part of the state bringing athletes to compete in a variety of our most popular sports.


But the Summer Games experience transcends sports for all those involved. It is a weekend of camaraderie, inclusion, excitement, and—most of all—pure joy.

We can't be together in person right now. But together, #UnifiedByHope, we will overcome the distance between us and share in the joy of a virtual Summer Games experience this year. Learn more.


Flame of Hope Torch Run | 9 a.m., 11 a.m., & 1 p.m. ET

Premiering on Facebook and streaming on our website on June 12 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., the Flame of Hope Torch Run is a unique fundraising event bringing together law enforcement officers and agencies from across the state to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics athletes while practicing social distancing in their own communities. Watch as the torch makes its way virtually across the state on its way to Summer Games while our friends with the LETR share what they love about Special Olympics and show off some highlights from our year-round programs and events. Support your favorite officer/agency or make a general contribution to benefit more than 18,000 Special Olympics Indiana athletes!


Virtual Opening Ceremonies & Dance Party | 7 p.m. ET

Following the morning's excitement, watch live at 7 p.m. on Facebook or on our website as we host a Virtual Opening Ceremonies designed to inspire, entertain, and unite athletes and fans across the state while signaling the official start of our 2020 Summer Games Sports & Fitness Challenge. Featuring many of the same elements enjoyed by thousands each year at the Hulman Center, this special online event will include the singing of the national anthem, lighting of the cauldron following the arrival of the Flame of Hope, videos and encouragement from our friends, supporters and athletes across the state, and remarks by Special Olympics Indiana Board Chair Mark Sherman and President & CEO Jeff Mohler. The evening will wrap up as it always does: with an athlete dance party (beginning at 8 p.m.) where you can be a part of the fun! *Virtual dance party cannot be live streamed due to copyright considerations. Instructions for participating will be provided to County Coordinators and athletes soon.

Unified Fitness Club

SONA has created a great program using the WWE with fitness. The link is found below on a great new fitness program that was just released.

https://www.specialolympics.org/school-of-strength


The shoe challenge has been replaced. No need to worry about the move bands being read. Do your best with staying healthy by drinking lots of water and washing your hands often!


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