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About Us

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities (ID) to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance.

The Asia Pacific region is headquartered in Singapore, to oversee the operations of the Special Olympics Movement in 35 countries from Afghanistan to the Pacific Islands. Special Olympics Asia Pacific (SOAP) is the largest region (out of seven) in the world, serving more than 2.1 million people with ID.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 6.7 million athletes in 200 countries.

Help us provide people with ID with a unified place where we can live, work and play together!

Our Programmes

Special Olympics empowers people with ID through both sports and non-sports related activities. Our programmes focus on fostering an inclusive society by changing mindsets and behaviours towards people with ID.

Here are our core area of focus for SOAP:
- Train the Trainer Programmes - for coaches to improve their sports skills
- Athlete Leadership - for individuals to improve their social skills
- Getting athletes independent & employable
- Improve access to fitness through new technology like Sprout fitness app
- Train healthcare professionals to treat people with ID
- Provide guidance, support to families to prevent health problems
- Develop a center of research to gather more information to improve the services and support for people with ID and their families by 2025
- Develop unified sports and inclusion programs in schools to foster positive attitudes towards people with ID
- Create educational toolkits and awareness campaigns like Human R.A.C.E. to address discrimination.
  • Children & Youth
  • Disability
  • Health
  • Sports

Special Olympics Asia Pacific

Special Olympics Asia Pacific Ltd

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