As Friend/Family

Families with members who have an intellectual (learning) disability are like other families.

However, having a family member with special needs can sometimes introduce new and different challenges for families. Getting involved with Special Olympics gives families a chance to meet other families who have undergone similar challenges.

A network of Support and Welcome

At Lothian Special Olympics, we offer a network that connects experienced or “veteran” Special Olympics family members and friends with families and friends new to Special Olympics, so they can provide support and information in a critical time of need.

Our Family and Friends Network create opportunities to

  • Match with families to share ideas, issues and common interests
  • Volunteer in their loved one's sport training sessions and competitions
  • Encourage new families and friends of people with intellectual disabilities to join Special Olympics, and
  • Become advocates for the Special Olympics movement


Do you have spare time and would like to assist in the development of the athletes, we would like to hear from you.


"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt"