Special Olympics New Hampshire provides 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.
Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They grow physically, intellectually, and socially, and through their activities, exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents but "their voices" as well. Through successful experiences in sports, Special Olympics New Hampshire athletes are given opportunities to feel good about who they are and celebrate their accomplishments, which carry over into the classroom, the home, the job and the community.
Special Olympics New Hampshire was incorporated in 1972 and is authorized and accredited by Special Olympics International, head-quartered in Washington, DC. Special Olympics was created by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation and is authorized by the International Olympic Committee to use the word "Olympics." Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver is the founder of Special Olympics International.
Special Olympics New Hampshire is a registered (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for overseeing the effective management, direction and Mission of SONH. Special Olympics New Hampshire's staff is headed by a President & CEO and is responsible for program planning, implementation and evaluation as well as public education, fundraising, organizational development and technical support. All funds are raised through individual and corporate donations, foundation grants, state government funding and special events. Special Olympics New Hampshire does not receive funding from the Kennedy Foundation, the United Way, or the federal government.