Special Olympics Kansas

Special Olympics Kansas is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development. Offering year-round initiatives to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Kansas is a platform for acceptance and inclusion as well as one of the largest advocates for healthy lifestyles in the state – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences.

It is our belief that participation in sports enables challenges and opportunities to be introduced to the participants teaching them teamwork, decision making, leadership, goal-setting, perseverance, commitment and sportsmanship, while developing self-confidence, self-esteem, character and integrity.


Abbigale Griswold

Abby Griswold from the Sedgwick County Thundercats will represent Team Kansas in bowling events at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Click HERE to read more about Abby. Click HERE to learn more about Team Kansas.

Chris Moore

Pittsburg, KS, Police Officer Chris Moore has been named 2018 State Director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Executive Council. Click HERE to read more about Officer Moore’s position. Click HERE to learn about LETR.


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2018 John L. Cassidy Heartland Winter Games
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Upcoming events

Polar Plunges

Polar Plunges are taking place weekends now through March 3. Visit to register or donate today.

Heroes Pull

The 7th Annual Heroes Pull takes place March 11 at Splash Cove in Shawnee. Register at

State Basketball & Cheer

State Basketball and Cheer competition will be held at two locations this year.

2018 Special Olympics USA Games

The USA Games showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities and the impact of Special Olympics through world-class competition, inspirational experiences, and modeling inclusion for all. Click HERE to learn more about the USA Games.

Team Kansas

Forty-two athletes and six coaches will represent Kansas at the USA Games. Athletes will participate in power lifting, athletics, bocce, bowling, swimming, tennis, all female basketball, and Unified soccer. Each delegate is responsible for raising funds to help offset costs for their trip. Your donation to them would apply towards airfare, uniforms, and training. Click HERE to learn more about the athletes and coaches for Team Kansas and make a donation.

Special Olympics 50th Anniversary

Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world!

Starting this July, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Click HERE to learn more about anniversary events.