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Special Olympics North America

Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 30 Olympic-type summer and winter sports. Special Olympics currently serves 2.5 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 200 programs in more than 180 countries.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their families and community. Athletes and their families are not charged a fee to participate in Special Olympics. Visit Special Olympics online at

ASEP offers online courses to Special Olympics North America (SONA) coaches seeking re-certification thanks to a continuing partnership between the two organizations. SONA coaches who have completed SONA’s General Orientation and Skills or Coaching Special Olympics Athletes may take the ASEP online Coaching Youth [Sport] courses to maintain certification in their respective sports.


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