The global Special Olympics movement started on July 20, 1968, when the first International Special Olympics Games were held at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA. However the concept of Special Olympics was thought of much earlier, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities at her home in 1962. Special Olympics Tennessee (SOTN) became registered as a 501(c) (3) non-for-profit organization and has continued to achieve the original mission.
Special Olympics Tennessee is a program which through quality sports training and competition improves the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and, in turn, the lives of everyone they encounter. SOTN strives to empower the people we serve by helping them to realize their full potential and develop skills through year-round sports training and competition.Special Olympics Tennessee conducts 17 different sports throughout the year and supports 32 area programs that include all Tennessee counties. Area Programs are lead by volunteer teams, who recruit and train athletes, conduct local and area competitions and raise funds to support their efforts. Full participation is granted to every athlete regardless of his or her economic circumstances. Over 14,000 Special Olympics athletes are registered with Special Olympics Tennessee.
|Address||1900 12th Avenue South
|Type||Inclusive Physical Activity/Play|