What is Special Olympics?

Special Olympics is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

How is it different from the Paralympics?

Special Olympics and Paralympics are two separate and distinct organizations. Special Olympics is unique in providing sports opportunities for individuals with different levels of intellectual disabilities. Paralympics provides sports opportunities for elite athletes with a physical handicap.

Who can participate?

Special Olympics is open to every intellectually disabled person, regardless of the level or degree of that person’s disability, and whether or not that person also has other physical disabilities.

What impact does Special Olympics have on athletes?

Children and adults with an intellectual disability who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They improve physically, mentally and socially. Overall, participants make new friends and discover new abilities and skills that will serve them well in day-to-day life.

What ages are eligible?

Almost every age is eligible for Special Olympics programming in Nova Scotia ­ from four to 88. Special Olympics Nova Scotia also has a youth program for children aged four to 12, which focuses on structured play and introduction to games, teams, competitions and socialization. To learn more about our Youth Development, please visit our Youth Development (Active Start/Fundamentals)on the main page.

What sports are offered in Nova Scotia?

There is a range of sports offered throughout Nova Scotia. The choices vary from region to region. The full list of official sports includes: Aquatics, Athletics, Bocce, Bowling (5 & 10 Pin), Curling, Cross County Ski, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey,Golf, Power Lifting, Soccer, Snowshoeing, Softball, Speed Skating, Golf, Basketball and a Youth Program. Please contact us to find out which sports are available in your community

How do I register someone to participate?

Just contact a staff person with Special Olympics Nova Scotia or visit the “Our Regions” portion of our website for a contact in your area. They will give you all of the information you need and can put you in touch with resource people in your community.

How can I make a donation to Special Olympics?

Donations can be made to Special Olympics Nova Scotia via cheques made payable to Special Olympics Nova Scotia at the below address or via phone with a visa or mastercard to 429-2266 x 2.