Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports movement for people with intellectual or multiple disabilities and represented in over 170 countries around the globe. More than 338,000 coaches and 1.3 million volunteers worldwide ensure that around 4.2 million athletes who train in over 30 different sports have the possibility to meet for joint competitions.
Special Olympics, active in Switzerland since 1995, stands for appreciation, acceptance and equality for people with intellectual disabilities and helps people with intellectual disabilities to develop their physical, social and psychological well-being through the power of sports. The athletes discover new strengths, abilities, skills and success, what benefits their self-esteem, confidence and courage to try something new. Special Olympics events provide shared experiences with other athletes, family members and society.
From 25th July until 2nd August 2015 70 Swiss athletes were able to participate in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. With 6,500 athletes and and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games have been the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015.
“For the 70 Swiss athletes the World Summer Games 2015 have been a unique experience with lots of positive emotions and impressions which made them ABLE to grow their self-esteem, confidence and independence and gives them extra motivation and energy for their daily routine and life.” – Bruno Barth National Director Special Olympics Switzerland
DM Thomas Foundation has awarded Special Olympics Switzerland £8,801.87 since 2009.