Special Olympics Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides year-round sports training and competition for people with an intellectual disability.
Special Olympics is a worldwide movement that inspires people with an intellectual disability to reach their personal best through regular sport and competition. It is not a single event and it is not just for the elite. Instead Special Olympics volunteers provide sports opportunities for all people with an intellectual disability regardless of their skills, and they do this every week in communities right across Australia. While some Special Olympics athletes strive to win medals, others enjoy the chance to get active, have fun, make friends and be part of a family. Whatever their motivation, we cater for them by providing meaningful sports programs delivered within a supportive environment where people with an intellectual disability are accepted and can feel proud. People with an intellectual disability are often ridiculed, misunderstood, isolated or simply ignored. Yet, with the understanding and support of Special Olympics they discover the skills that allow them to improve their health, develop self-confidence and bring joy to themselves, their families and their community. You can help us give more people with an intellectual disability a chance to achieve their personal best. Learn more about Special Olympics, be inspired by our athletes or best of all, get involved!
For further details on the National Games and Special Olympics Australia, visit www.specialolympics.com.au
Ritchies customers can support the Special Olympics in two ways
- By nominating Special Olympics as a Community Benefit beneficiary
- By purchasing certain IGA branded products, where part of the proceeds go to Special Olympics.