Special Olympics Nebraska


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.

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Address: 9427 F Street
Omaha, NE 68127
In the 1950's, babies born with intellectual disabilities were committed to a "home" so they would not be a burden to their families or society. This arrangement also kept that person from having experiences that would make life fulfilling and happy. That all changed with Special Olympics.
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.
"Imagine sitting alone at the lunch table at your high school. You are surrounded by kids sitting and laughing with their friends. You get the occasional bully that will taunt you too. You are not allowed on the deep end of the pool. Now imagine 4 years later it is your senior year you are surrounded by friends and are 10 pounds lighter. You are one of the best swimmers on your team. All of this was caused by one organization. That organization is Special Olympics." --Skylar Simmonds, Millard NE

"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