Special Olympics


Special Olympics Alberta offers sports programs in more than 100 communities around the province for Albertans with an intellectual disability.

Since Special Olympics Alberta was founded in 1980, we have grown from an organization with only a few dozen athletes, to one in which approximately 3,000 athletes compete in 18 official sports.

There are close to 1,500 coaches and volunteers working year-round giving people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to realize their full athletic potential. Recreational and competitive sport training takes place daily, and competitions take place at the local, provincial, and national levels at regular intervals. For information on our sport and supplementary programs,  click here.

Special Olympics Alberta is an accredited chapter of Special Olympics Canada. Through Special Olympics, athletes develop sport skills, social skills, and self-esteem which assist them in becoming actively involved in recreational, educational and employment opportunities in their communities.

Special Olympics promotes an active lifestyle and better quality of life for persons with intellectual disabilities through their participation in sport.

For more information, see our FAQ sheet.

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