"Special Olympics gave my son confidence, self-esteem, acceptance and a sense of belonging. My son wouldn’t be where he is today without it," says Susan Gieschen about her son Jason. Jason‘s journey was a difficult one and at times harrowing. When Susan first met Jason on the stairs of the court-house, he was an abused and scared 13-months-old baby, covered in bruises. School was hard for Jason – the bullying really hurt him and he had a hard time keeping up with high school sports. At Special Olympics Jason flourished. He learned what he can accomplish and found his voice to share his story with the world.
Jason tells us: "Special Olympics is more than sports. It's given me a chance to hope, belong and make friends. It's changed my life!"
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Special Olympics Mission
The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968: Special Olympics 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.