Since launching the Dream House Raffle in 2014, Special Olympics Washington has made great strides in serving adults with intellectual disabilities and promoting inclusion. Below are some of the highlights, made possible because of the success of the Special Olympics Washington Dream House Raffle:
Special Olympics Washington is a catalyst for inclusion! We are the leader in sports, health, and community building, empowering children and adults with intellectual disabilities to be valued on and off the playing field.
Special Olympics Washington provides year-round athletic training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for 19,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives our athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Children and adults with intellectual disabilities, regardless of ability level, may participate in sports and other programs offered by Special Olympics Washington. Individuals are eligible for training and competition at age eight and there is no upper age limit. 19,500 athletes participate in Special Olympics Washington activities. Globally, over five million athletes compete in Special Olympics programs in more than 170 countries.
Athletes are provided the opportunity to expand personal growth — from coaching and officiating, to public speaking and volunteering. Athletes also have the opportunity to provide vital feedback to Special Olympics Washington through Athlete Input Councils.
Training and competition is offered year round to Special Olympics athletes. Competitions take place at local, regional and state tournaments. Individuals and teams compete in divisions according to age, gender and ability.
Special Olympics youth programs are education and sports-based strategies powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities, while creating communities of acceptance.
More than 10,000 volunteers support Special Olympics Washington activities. Volunteers serve as coaches, sports officials, committee members and on-site volunteers at competitions and fundraising events. Coaches and officials are trained and certified at clinics offered by Special Olympics Washington. Over 1.1 million volunteers support Special Olympics programs worldwide.
Special Olympics Washington promotes social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. Health Initiatives
Caring for the whole health of athletes is one of Special Olympics Washington’s top priorities. Special Olympics Washington provides vital health screenings for dental, vision, hearing, podiatry and overall wellness. Physicians and healthcare professionals trained in treating individuals with intellectual disabilities provide these services at no cost to Special Olympics athletes at tournaments.
Special Olympics Washington is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization supported entirely by individual, corporate and foundation contributions. Athletes participate at no cost to themselves or their families.
Winter Season: Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country Skiing, Skating, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing
Spring Season: Athletics (Track and Field), Cycling, Powerlifting, Soccer, Swimming
Summer Season: Bocce, Golf, Softball, Standup Paddle Boarding, Tennis
Fall Season: Bowling, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Volleyball