Our History

Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5 million athletes and Unified partners in more than 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including Bank of America, the Christmas Records Trust, The Coca-Cola Company, ESPN, Essilor Vision Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, Lions Clubs International, Microsoft, Safilo Group, TOYOTA, United Airlines, and The Walt Disney Company. Click here for a full list of partners. Engage with us on: TwitterFacebook, YouTubeInstagram and our blog on Medium. Learn more at www.SpecialOlympics.org.

Special Olympics Singapore

Special Olympics (SO) Singapore was set up in April 1983 as an adjunct committee of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) and the Association for Educationally Sub-Normal Children now known as Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN). Subsequently it was officially registered as an independent voluntary welfare organisation with the Registrar of Societies on 15 January 1991 and as a charity with the Commissioner of Charities on 22 February 1994. SO Singapore is affiliated to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC). SO Singapore is recognised by Sport Singapore, formerly know as Singapore Sports Council, as a National Sports Association (NSA). SO Singapore is also a certified Institute of Public Character (IPC) organisation.


To promote and provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


Enhancing the potential of athletes with intellectual disability and celebrating the human spirit common to all.


Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. Special Olympics also believes that through millions of individual acts of inclusion where people with and without intellectual disabilities are brought together, long-standing myths are dispelled, negative attitudes changed and new opportunities to embrace and celebrate people with intellectual disabilities are created.


To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics Singapore programmes, athletes must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability; cognitive delays measured by formal assessment such as intelligence quotient or "IQ" testing; or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that have required specially designed instruction.

A Young Athletes programme is available for athletes aged 8 and below.

Our Members


President of the Republic of Singapore
Madam Halimah Yacob

Executive Committee 2019 - 2021

Capt Roger Loh Chin Chan
Vice President
Mr Lee Theng Ngee
Hon Secretary
Mrs Linda Prebhash
Hon Treasurer
Ms Belinda Young
Ms Fauziah Ahmad
Ms Josephine Chia
Dr Kelvin Chew
Ms Liza Ow
Ms Magdalene Yip
APSN Representative
Ms Michelle Tan
MINDS Representative
Ms Mimi Tan
Ms Wee Jie Yin
Co-Opted Member
Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang
Mr How Kian Peng
Mr Huang Yuchi
Mr Vicknesh Naidu
Co-Opted Member (Athlete Representative)
Mr Salihin Bin Nawi


General Manager
Ms Sim Shilin
Finance & Admin Executive
Ms Janice Tan
Sports Executive
Mr Lim Seng Poh
Ms Tiffany Lim
Ms Rachel Ng
Ms Stephanie Ng
Mr Tan Lui Hua
Communications and Partnerships Executive
Ms Shirley Soon

Financial Statement

Annual Report

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