Special Olympics organises sports events for the mentally handicapped. Through sport, Special Olympics aims to break the taboo that still exits around this type of disability.

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Social mission

The mission of Special Olympics is to change the lives of the mentally handicapped through sport. First established in the United States by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, Special Olympics is now an international movement active across 178 countries and supporting almost 4 million mentally handicapped athletes. Special Olympics Belgium (SOB) was set up in 1979 and currently works with 12,500 athletes, though it is estimated that there are 165,000 mentally handicapped people in the country. SOB has set itself the goal of reaching 20,000 athletes – an increase of 60% - by 2020.


This organisation communicates in French/Dutch. Please consult the information in French/Dutch to learn more.

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