Special Olympics is Changing the World!
"Every day, in 169 countries, our sports bring people together, creating a healthier, more welcoming world for all. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential"
Who are we?
Special Olympics Toledo Public is a total volunteer organization under the umbrella of Special Olympics Ohio. Accredited in 2003 we have grown from the original 25 registered athletes to the current registration of over 300 athletes registered from all over the Greater Toledo Area. We continue to increase the number of registered athletes every year. Our mission is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for students with intellectual disabilities. Giving these students 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 Olympic athletes and the community. Special Olympics Toledo Public currently offers year round sports training for eligible students in Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field and Unified Sports (peers training and competing with Special Olympics athletes). Our athletes attend schools in the Greater Toledo Area. Training students from kindergarten thru graduation (5 thru 22 year olds) we have joined a rich history of Special Olympics in Northwest Ohio. Although began as a service to students attending Toledo Public School, it was quickly apparent Greater Toledo Area needed this service for eligible school age individuals. Along with Toledo Public, we have athletes from Anthony Wayne, Maumee, Springfield, Sylvania, Oregon, Washington Local, Charter schools, Perrysburg, Rossford and even few from southern Michigan. Students from 5 thru 7 can train as Young Athletes, after they turn 8 yrs. old they are eligible not only to train but compete in local, area and state events. Eligibility to participate with Special Olympics Toledo Public requires having an Individual Educational Program (IEP) to support their education. Special Olympics program: Unified Partners and Young Athletes allow students without IEPs to participate also. Special Olympics provide various levels of competitions: team sports, individual sports and in all sports a level broken down for individual skills level. Special Olympics athletes could meet eligibility to compete in the National and World Special Olympics games. Special Olympics is much more than just a sports program, it is a movement to change the world for the better for all people!
Our mission is to "Change the World" with sports. Offering sports training for individuals with intellectual disabilities and inclusive sports we are helping in our corner of the world to give dignity, respect and purpose to each child. We stand with Special Olympics athletes in our schools, the Northwest Ohio Area, in our State of Ohio, in our Country of the United State of America to make our world a healthier, more joyful place-one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.
Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place -- one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.