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Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports. It empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, leading to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst as well as programming around health and education, Special Olympics works to end inactivity, injustice and intolerance.

Worldwide, Special Olympics is the largest sports organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities with 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries.

Special Olympics North Dakota (SOND) provides year-round sports opportunities to more than 1,600 athletes and unified partners, of any age and skill level, across the state.  With training and competitions in 15 Olympic-style sports, our athletes push hard and play harder. They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again. From swimming to snowboarding, from local soccer fields to the shining stage of the World Games, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities.


SOND by the Numbers
1,600 athletes and Unified Partners participate in Special Olympics North Dakota with programs provided at no cost to athletes or their families

15 sports offered

5 state-level sport competitions

63 local, area, and district competitions throughout the state

380 Unified Partners

11 area sub-programs

328 dedicated coaches and 5,024 devoted volunteers


*Note: The above represents our program numbers from 2016.


Research Studies
Special Olympics is the leader in research and evaluation to better understand the challenges faced by individuals with intellectual disabilities and the significant impact of Special Olympics on their lives. Our independent research is also a driving force for realizing improved policies, laws and rights for people with intellectual disabilities around the world.

Special Olympics North Dakota is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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