Special Olympics Oregon



Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their communities. Our long-term vision is to help bring all Oregonians with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions where they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become valued, appreciated, and productive citizens.

Bottom Line for Portland

Due to a range of systemic challenges such as prejudice, fear, and ignorance in the medical establishment, people with intellectual disabilities are one of the most medically underserved populations in the world. Participation in Special Olympics activities can provide vital access to health evaluation; in several documented cases, life-threatening conditions have been found and treated thanks to a Special Olympics medical screening or the keen observations of a concerned coach or volunteer. SOOR programs are always free for athletes so income level is never a barrier to participation, and we division our competitions so all genders, skill levels, disabilities, and ages can safely and meaningfully compete and take pride in their accomplishments.


“Special Olympics Oregon gives people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to take part in something incredible… something meaningful. The sports and competitions give me the opportunity to make new lifelong friends, memories, and skills. For people such as myself, it helps to shape a life. Special Olympics Oregon [has given] me opportunities that no other organization would ever give me [and] is so valuable to me and thousands of other athletes, families and communities across Oregon.” 

- Zach Herman, Special Olympics Oregon Athlete

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are at the heart of all that we do at Special Olympics Oregon as we strive to promote unity and create a community where everyone belongs. We value, celebrate, and support all differences, backgrounds, abilities, and viewpoints. We believe that a focus on greater diversity and inclusion will enrich our organization and our world. As Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics International, explained: “Special Olympics is all about inclusion. Intellectual disabilities don’t discriminate, and neither do we. Intellectual disabilities transcend race, ethnicity, income, gender identity, and everything else that makes us human.”


Embold Credit Union will match the first $3,000 in donations on Giving Tuesday, November 28th.


Embold Credit Union has raised more than $250,000 for Special Olympics Oregon over the past few years, and they're generously matching up to $3,000 in donations on Giving Tuesday for Give!Guide donors.

$16,525 raised of $20,000 goal
165 donations
83% of Goal

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Year Founded: 1972

Tax ID: 93-0752969

Special Olympics Oregon is in the Health category which is sponsored by CareOregon.

They're a medium-sized organization with activities in Clackamas Co., Multnomah Co., Washington Co. and beyond.

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