Special Olympics, SO, is a year-round multi-sports program for people with an intellectual disability – of all capabilities. SO is committed to coaching excellence. The most important thing to know as a coach in SO is that your athletes are individuals, and coaching them is just like coaching any other youth or community sports team. The skills that make successful coaches are the same whether you are coaching National or state teams, community sports clubs, or SO teams. But we recognize that there are some situations that make SO coaching unique (and thus more enjoyable!).