Opening Ceremony at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in L.A.

Learn Our Lingo

Special Olympics
Dec 14, 2010 · 1 min read

Every organization uses their own lingo or set of acronyms, and Special Olympics is no different. But, since #inclusion is our goal, we can let you in on a few of our secrets!

Below, you will find some of our most used abbreviations:

“SO” + any combination of other letters: You probably figured it out but “SO” is short hand for “Special Olympics.” But, wondering what those other letters are tacked on at the end? These letters are used to reference one of our regional programs, countries or states. So for example, Special Olympics Massachusetts = “SOMA” or “Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia = “SOEE”

“ID”: Abbreviation for intellectual disabilities. Often times, you will see us write “people with ID” in reference to people with intellectual disabilities.

“EKS”: This abbreviation is used to refer to our visionary founder “Eunice Kennedy Shriver” or “Mrs. Shriver”. While we use this abbreviation often, you are most likely to encounter it in September for our annual #EKSDay, a designated holiday in Special Olympics used to recognize the dream of our founder & celebrate her legacy.


Originally published at specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com on December 14, 2010.

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Using the power of sports as our driver, we are a global social movement dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The Playbook

Using the power of sports as our driver, we are a global social movement dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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