Team Arkansas, representing the state in last July’s Special Olympics 2018 Games in Seattle, is shown here walking into the event’s opening ceremonies. The team competed in 11 different sports and brought home 115 medals and 44 ribbons.


Special Olympics Arkansas is an organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport every day around the state. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics Arkansas is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face.

Special Olympics Arkansas serves 13,000 young athletes ages 2-7, 15,000 athletes ages 8 and up and has 5,000 volunteers in all counties across the state of Arkansas. We also provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Special Olympics Arkansas hosts 240 competitions and numerous health education and screening events year-round. Our largest event of the year is Summer Games, hosted every May at Harding University in Searcy. Join us for our upcoming events:

• Attend Charity Olive Hour on Oct. 18, 6p.m., at Next Level Events. Charity Olive Hour is our signature live and silent auction where guests enjoy a laid back atmosphere with more than 300 items to bid on.

• Be Bold Get Cold with a Polar Plunge team. Raise money for athletes in your region while earning prizes. Find a Polar Plunge near you on our website’s calendar of events.

• Our competitions are not as special without fans. Volunteer with your organization or business to be fans in the stands during one of our 240 competitions year-round.

• Are you a health care professional? Volunteer for our Healthy Athletes program or attend our professional development series.

• Advocate for inclusive schools with us by joining our Unified Champion Schools movement.


Special Olympics Arkansas is always looking for partners in our competitions, health programming, school programs or training events. Reach out to Camie Powell at to find out how you can be involved in making a transformative impact today!


Young athletes ages 2-7

Athletes ages 8 & up

Competitions annually

Sports offered

Health care professionals trained

Athletes receiving health education

Straight to athletes


Grants: 30%
Donations: 20%
Law Enforcement Torch Run
Fundraisers: 50%

Established: 1970

Employees: 11

Service Area: Arkansas

Terri Weir

2115 Main St.
North Little Rock, AR 72114


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