Special Olympics Virginia, Northern VA
11350 Random Hills Road C-140
Fairfax VA 22030
phone: (703) 359-4301 • fax:(703) 359-4306
2012 SOVA Summer Olympics, Richmond, VA
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 thosewith 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.