Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.3 million athletes and unified partners in 169 countries.

With the support of more than a million coaches and volunteers, the Special Olympics delivers 32 “Olympic-type” sports and more than 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year to people with intellectual disabilities.

“Special Olympics looks forward to a meaningful partnership with the International Tennis Federation and their 211 member nations, giving access to our athletes for coaching, training and other opportunities,” said Jon-Paul St. Germain, the Special Olympics’ sport partnerships senior director. “It is also very important to us to have ITF support for the inclusion of tennis in Special Olympics.”