Special Olympics is the world’s largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities, providing access to free health services for a population with many unmet needs. For many athletes in the developing world, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes exams could be the first time they’ve ever seen a doctor.
What if you could help 200 million people worldwide who suffer needlessly from chronic pain and disease, blindness and hearing loss, shortened life span, and other health conditions? That’s what Special Olympics does everyday! At more than 1.4 million free health examination clinics in more than 100 countries, the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program offers health services and information to athletes in dire need. In the process, Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.
During the World Games, volunteer Healthy Athletes medical professionals will offer free health examinations to the athletes in seven disciplines: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), MedFest (sports physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry) on the USC and UCLA Campuses.