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Special Olympics

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noun - Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 countries. Special Olympics competitions are held every day, all over the world—including local, national and regional competitions, adding up to about 50,000 events a year. It also includes open water swimming competitions.

World Summer Games

Alternating between summer and winter, the Special Olympics World Games are held every two years. Often the Games are the largest sporting event to take place in the world during that year. The most recent World Games were the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held in Athens, Greece, from June 25 to July 4, 2011. The 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games were in PyeongChang, South Korea between 29 January and 6 February 2013. The next Special Olympics World Summer Games will be in Los Angeles, California, USA in July 2015.

Healthy Athletes

Special Olympics International conducts the Healthy Athletes program which offers free health screenings to Special Olympics athletes. Healthy Athletes provides the screenings in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety and trepidation people with intellectual challenges often experience when faced with a visit to a doctor or dentist. It not only serves these athletes but also trains health care professionals who then go back to their practices with increased knowledge of and compassion for people with intellectual challenges.

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