Arizona Special Olympics
Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) aims to help bring all persons with intellectual disabilities and closely-related developmental disabilities into the larger society where they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. SOAZ was founded in 1975 with one competition and 100 athletes. SOAZ has grown to over 25,000 youth and adults ages 2 to 91. SOAZ programming includes motor skill development for toddlers; traditional and inclusive sports; school and community-based programs; leadership training and opportunities; public speaking, governance, self-advocacy and technology training; disability awareness campaigns; inclusive school leadership and health education with screenings. All SOAZ programs are offered at no cost to participants. By equipping this population with information, resources, training and opportunity, SOAZ assists individuals with reaching their full potential, participating in their communities, contributing to society and managing their own health, welfare and happiness.