Special Olympics

Indiana State is proud to be the birthplace of Special Olympics in the state of Indiana.

From a gathering of a few dozen individuals at Indiana State on June 6, 1969, Special Olympics Indiana has grown to more than 10,000 athletes and 7,000 volunteers statewide. Indiana has played an integral role in the history of the organization, hosting the Summer Games 41 out of 43 years and hosting the organization’s Men’s State Basketball Tournament since 1971.

In addition to hosting the Men’s Basketball Tournament and Summer Games, Indiana State is one of 10 sites for Polar Plunge, an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Indiana that takes place during the month of February. The Terre Haute Plunge takes place in conjunction with Sycamore Hoopla on the patio of Hulman Center.

About Special Olympics Indiana

Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching more than 11,000 athletes across Indiana. The organization receives no federal- or state-appropriated funds, is not a United Way agency and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations.

More about Special Olympics Indiana


Center for Community Engagement

Indiana State University
Tirey Hall 134
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

Phone: 812-237-2335
Fax: (812) 237-2525

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