The Meaning of the Special Olympics Logo

The logo has five people who each have six arms.  The down position means "downtrodden", remembering a time when many people thought those with intellectual disabilities were not able to make good decisions or try new things.  This often describes the lives of athletes before they became involved in Special Olympics.  Many had few friends and spent most of their time alone. The straight arms mean "equal", showing that our athletes are just like everyone else.  The raised arms represent "joy", and realizing ultimate goals.  The five people represent the five continents involved in Special Olympics at the time the logo was created.  The people are placed in a circle to represent the world as there are Special Olympic athletes and volunteers in almost every country around the globe.


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