Special Olympics

What is Special Olympics?

Special Olympics is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

Who can participate?

Special Olympics is open to every intellectually disabled person, regardless of the level or degree of that person’s disability, and whether or not that person also has other physical disabilities.

What impact does Special Olympics have on athletes?

Children and adults with an intellectual disability who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They improve physically, mentally and socially. Overall, participants make new friends and discover new abilities and skills that will serve them well in day-to-day life.

In Digby we offer training in both bowling and curling.  Practices occur on a weekly basis.

Family members and support people play an important role in Special Olympics as well. You can participate in training, accompany athletes to events, coach them, answer their questions and listen to their stories. One of the greatest roles you can play is to encourage and applaud their efforts whenever possible.


The contact person for the Digby Area of Special Olympics is:

Charles Hill  902 245-5391

Special Olympics NS can be reached at:

5516 Spring Garden Road, Suite 201
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1G6
Phone: (902) 429-2266
Fax: (902) 425-5606
Toll Free: 1-866-299-2019