Make a Difference with SODC
Since 1968, Special Olympics DC has been a part of the greater Special Olympics movement to create a community of inclusion and understanding, not only for people who have intellectual disabilities but for their families, neighbors and classmates as well. Through the platform of sports, Special Olympics DC strives to bring people together and promote understanding.
Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics represents her belief that people with intellectual disabilities can achieve much more than others might presume if they are given proper opportunity. Last summer Demetrius, an SODC athlete, received a bronze medal and a team gold in track and field at the Special Olympics World Games. Learn more about SODC and about how Special Olympics has helped fight stereotyping about people who learn differently.
Special Olympics DC offers incredible opportunities to make a difference. So many different skills, styles and gifts are needed. Are you patient and dedicated with some real time to commit? Coaches are key to helping SODC athletes grow and thrive on and off the field. Do you love to bring positivity wherever you go? Find an event and volunteer to be a cheerleader -- no pompoms necessary (though they probably wouldn't be unwelcome)! Love capturing moments in time? Take photos or video at SODC competitions. Are you super-organized? Pitch in with office work or help keep order at events.
Special Olympics is proof of the power of sports and teamwork to help people who are a little different than the average bear to thrive. They believe people with intellectual disabilities shouldn't be held back. The encouragement given by SODC can help athletes succeed in the classroom, in social situations, at work, and beyond. Be a part of reaching the community of more than 200 million people with ID and their families.