Special Olympics Arkansas provides pure sports opportunities for athletes with and without intellectual disabilities through Unified Sports.

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. They 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. The largest event of the year are the Summer Games, hosted every May at Harding University in Searcy. Join in for these upcoming events:

Charity Olive Hour, So Extra: Oct. 15, 2020
The 2020 event will have extra space, open air, live music and a laid-back, safe atmosphere. Bidders can also access our online auction from the comfort of their home!

Take the Plunge at one of our 24 Polar Plunge events across the state from January through March. Find opportunities near you on our website.

Fans in the Stands: Because competing is not as special without fans, attend any of the 240 year-round competitions with your organization or business to cheer on our awesome athletes.

Be the Solution for Inclusive Health: Volunteer with our health programs, attend our professional development or engage through partnership.

#ChooseToInclude by encouraging your school to become a Unified Champion School.

The athletes and unified partners pictured represented Arkansas at the Special Olympics USA Games.

The athletes and unified partners pictured represented Arkansas at the Special Olympics USA Games.


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

2115 Main St.
North Little Rock, AR 72114
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Established: 1970
Employees: 11
Service Area:Arkansas

CEO: Terri Weir


30+20+50A Grants: 30%
Individual/Corporate Donations: 20%
Law Enforcement Torch Run Fundraisers: 50%


  • 13,000
    Young athletes ages 2-7
  • 15,000
    Athletes ages 8 & up
  • 240
    Competitions annually
  • 15
    Traditional sports offered
  • 8
    Unified sports offered
  • 887
    Health care professionals trained
  • 21,000
    Athletes receiving health education
  • 82¢/$1
    Straight to athlete-centered programs