Special Olympics International

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noun - Special Olympics International is part of the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 countries. Special Olympics competitions are held every day, all over the world—including local, national and regional competitions, adding up to about 50,000 events a year. It also includes open water swimming competitions.

Alternating between summer and winter, Special Olympics International is responsible for organizing the Special Olympics World Games held every two years. Often the Games are the largest sporting event to take place in the world during that year. The most recent World Games were the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held in Athens, Greece, from June 25 to July 4, 2011.

The next Special Olympics World Winter Games will be in PyeongChang, South Korea in Jan. 29-Feb. 6, 2013. The next Special Olympics World Summer Games will be in Los Angeles, Calif., USA in July 2015.

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