Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Over 2.5 million people with intellectual disabilities in 165 countries take part in year-round training and competition in 30+ Olympic-type summer and winter sports. Special Olympics stands as a leader in the field of intellectual disability, and is a truly global movement. Special Olympics sharpened its focus on its mission not just as a critical sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities, but also as an effective catalyst for social change, becoming one of the world’s most powerful and effective social movements.
Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) was created in 1969 to serve the needs of people with intellectual disabilities across the state. Today, over 13,000 athletes and partners (athletes without an intellectual disability) participate in our year-round programming that includes 26 Olympic-type sports.
The Eastern Region (ER) was created by SOCT in 1999. It was the first of three Regions currently established as the result of an organizational initiative to increase SOCT's athlete base, and improve local programs' effectiveness and participation. The Eastern Region currently serves over 1,800 athletes, 1,200 partners, 700 coaches, and 2,200 volunteers in 32 local programs across 88 towns.