The mission of Special Olympics Nebraska is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Since 1972 Special Olympics Nebraska has provided opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities to achieve goals and experience sports competition that previously had them on the sidelines. We provide these opportunities free of charge to over 5,000 athletes in Nebraska.
In Nebraska, it is estimated that 53,000 individuals have intellectual disabilities and we currently serve only 10% of that population. Special Olympics Nebraska's programs are critical in order to provide a high quality of life to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Our sports, health, education, advocacy and leadership programs empower people with intellectual disabilities, promote acceptance for all, and foster communities of respect across the state.
"Special Olympics has become more than just athletic development, it has made improvements in my life. I am talking about character development. Special Olympics has helped me be more positive and confident in my life. It has definitely helped me develop into the man I have become today." Caleb Crippen, Lincoln, NE