Special Olympics Israel is part of the Special Olympics International nonprofit
organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities
to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through
year round sports training and competitions.
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the U.S.A., Special Olympics offer children
and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to improve physical
fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and more positive self-image.
The athletes grow mentally, socially and spiritually, and through their sports
activities exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of
friendship and discover not only new abilities but their "voices" as well!
The goal of Special Olympics is to change attitudes towards people with
intellectual disabilities emphasizing potential, ability and acceptance.
Our athletes come from all social and economic sectors of our country: from city
and village, kibbutz and moshav, North and South, veteran Israelis and new
immigrants, Jew, Muslim, Christian and Druze.
Sports offered by S.O. Israel are: Athletics, Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling,
Cycling, Judo, Soccer, Tennis and Table Tennis. We hope to
introduce additional summer sports and also Winter Sports in the future. We also
have Unified teams of Special athletes alongside Regular athletes.
Our coaching staff is the backbone of our program and support and pushes our
athletes to reach their maximum potential. They go above and beyond their "job"
and become: coach, teacher friend, confidant, and family to our athletes and
The Prime Minister of Israel has signed the China Declaration making Israel one of the countries to endorse new
international law for all people with Intellectual disabilities.
Other Special Olympics
Initiatives in Israel:
Family Support Network, Young Athlete Program, Unified Sports, Get In To It.
Be A Fan. Be A Fan of Dignity. Be A Fan of
Courage. Be A Fan of Respect.
Click here to watch the "S.O. Israel – Champions – Winners ALL!" Video clip
Your contribution will make dreams become reality!
Special Olympics Israel
Ayalon Branch – 558
Account Number: 249965
Checks and inquiries to:
Israel / The Wingate Institute / Netania 42902 ISRAEL