Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
– The Special Olympic Oath
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.
Special Olympics believes that consistent training is essential to the development of sports skills, and that competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth.
Special Olympics believes that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.
“In Special Olympics it is not the strongest body or the most dazzling mind that counts.
It is the invincible spirit which overcomes all handicaps.
For without this spirit, winning medals is empty.
But with it, there is no defeat.”
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Electronic mail: DelcoSpecialO@comcast.net
Postal address: Special Olympics-Delaware County, P.O. Box 279, Morton, PA 19070-0279
Delaware County participates in many statewide as well as local events, year round. Participants also have the opportunity to compete in invitationals inside and outside of Pennsylvania. Please click on one of the following headings to view the calendar for local athlete sports training sessions as well as upcoming competitions.