The Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and held its first games in 1968. The event provides an opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to compete at a world-class level. Special Olympics games are held all over the world and celebrate the achievements of athletes in over 30 sports, including swimming, badminton, and judo.
Held every two years, the games share many traditions with the Olympic games. For example, there are separate Special Olympics for summer and winter sports, top athletes are awarded medals, and a torch is carried through the host country before its flame is ignited at the opening ceremonies. The 15th Summer Special Olympic World Games will take place in Abu Dhabi in 2019.