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.
THE PURPOSE OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS KANSAS
Special Olympics Kansas is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development. Offering year-round initiatives to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Kansas is a platform for acceptance and inclusion as well as one of the largest advocates for healthy lifestyles in the state – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences.
It is our belief that participation in sports enables challenges and opportunities to be introduced to the participants, teaching them teamwork, decision making, leadership, goal-setting, perseverance, commitment and sportsmanship, while developing self-confidence, self-esteem, character and integrity.
There is something about the thrill of competition. The sweat, the hustle, the effort that comes with doing your best. The joy of victory, the challenge of falling behind, the support of a team and the encouragement of a cheering crowd.
Behind it all – there is achievement.
TOGETHER, WE WILL ACHIEVE.
BECOME AN ATHLETE
BECOME A COACH
Special Olympics Coaches are the secret sauce to an invaluable and transformative sporting experience for athletes. Our coaches double as mentors, cheerleaders, role models and so much more.
Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization; it is their time, talents and dedication to our athletes that makes Special Olympics Kansas possible and successful.
Special Olympics provide an accepting, safe and healthy environment for all individuals with intellectual disabilities. Find your region to get involved.
UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOLS
Special Olympics provide an accepting, safe and healthy environment for all individuals with intellectual disabilities
NEED MORE HELP?
Other ways to get involved.
YOUNG ATHLETES PROGRAM
Young Athletes™ is an innovative sports play program for children with intellectual disabilities, ages 3-7. Learn more.
ATHLETE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs (ALP’s) allow athletes to explore opportunities outside of sports.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN
The Law Enforcement Torch Run ® gives officers, athletes and the community the opportunity to come together for a superior cause.
WORK WITH US
We’re always looking for passionate team members to help us grow. Consider a career with SOKS, or join our young professionals program.
STILL NEED HELP?
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.