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Special Olympics Wyoming values

Respect • Diversity • Communication • Trust • Service • Pride

Special Olympics Wyoming provides a year round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  In Wyoming, more than 1,300 athletes take part in the program that involves the services of more than 1,000 volunteers.

Wyoming became involved in Special Olympics in 1972 when the first Wyoming Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Natrona County High School.  The first Winter Games were held in Jackson six years later, in 1978.

Special Olympics Wyoming is a not for profit corporation registered in Wyoming recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)[3] organization by the Internal Revenue Service.  A Board of Directors provides direction, policies and oversight to a small professional staff who manage the efforts of volunteers to implement the program.

Sports training and competition are offered in 15 sports. Athletes train and compete in the sport(s) of their choice on a seasonal basis.  Five statewide events are held annually.

The benefits to participants in Special Olympics include all those typically associated with physical activity and sports, but go beyond the traditional in developing skills that help build relationships among friends, family and the community whether on the job, in school or during leisure time.

Special Olympics Wyoming just celebrated its 47th year of service to athletes in Wyoming.  Special Olympics Wyoming operates under a long term strategic plan to drive the organization.  The ultimate goal of Special Olympics Wyoming is to provide training and competition to more individuals with intellectual disabilities in Wyoming in the coming year.

Our Mission

The mission of Special Olympics Wyoming is to provide year round participation in sports training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached Olympic-Type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness skills, express courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of talents, skills and friendship with their families, friends, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Our Philosophy

black logoSpecial 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, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with intellectual and physical limitations.

Special Olympics believes that consistent training is indispensable to the development of an individual’s sports skills. In addition, 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 Athlete Oath

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, Let me be brave in the attempt”