About Us

We are an inclusive sport organization supporting over 3,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities, bringing the transformative power and joy of sport to communities across the province.

inclusive sport for all

Our Mission

Our mission 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.

A History of Special Olympics Alberta

Incorporated on February 28, 1980, Special Olympics Alberta has built a tradition of support and opportunity for people in Alberta with intellectual disabilities. In 1980, the organization hosted its first Provincial Summer Games.

Parents and families of athletes have been the driving force behind the Special Olympics movement around the world and the same is true in Alberta. Parents who wanted sport opportunities for their children started the first programs in many communities. The first Special Olympics programs were started by dedicated parents and volunteers in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Red Deer even before a provincial organization was founded.

In 1986, Alberta took center stage, hosting our first Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Calgary. Over 1,000 athletes and coaches from across Canada were welcomed with cheering fans in McMahon Stadium. The flame of hope carried by over 12,000 Canadians across the country ignited not just the beginning of competition but an impassioned movement in Alberta. Today we serve over 3,000 athletes across the province.

Annual Reports

The Special Olympics Alberta annual report celebrates and shares our highlights in the past year of our athletes, volunteers, coaches, donors and sponsors who make the Special Olympics movement thrive in our province.

2023 - 2026 Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Intent

Provide access to Special Olympics programming for all Albertans with intellectual disabilities, inclusive of location, background, and identity.