Beat the cold and experience the magic with us at Minnesota’s Special Olympics Winter Games. From the kickoff event on February 19th, 2019 until the final competition on March 10th, you will witness the dedication, perseverance, and determination displayed by Minnesota’s Special Olympic athletes.
The mission of Special Olympics Minnesota is to “offer children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.”
Special Olympics Minnesota offers 16 official state-level sports programs. Athletes involved in these programs are given the opportunity to “train, compete, and improve at the individual or team level.” They experience the many benefits of athletics including the sense of belonging and comradery that arises from being part of a team as well as the pride of individual accomplishment.
Athletes challenge themselves and are rewarded by gains in physical strength along with mental and emotional resiliency. They learn to measure their progress against their own previous best rather than comparing themselves to others.
Are you ready to be a part of this powerful experience? The upcoming Winter Games will showcase events in three exciting sports: alpine skiing, powerlifting, and poly hockey.