Every organization uses their own lingo or set of acronyms, and Special Olympics is no exception.
We’ll try our best not to use them too often, but when we do slip, or our fingers are too tired from typing, we may use an acronym here and there. But we don’t want that to confuse you, so you if you see an acronym, phrase or something else in a post on the blog, check here to see what it means.
Don’t see it explained below? Let us know and we’ll add it!
“SO” + any combination of other letters: You probably figured it out but “SO” is short hand for “Special Olympics.” You may get confused by the addition of other letters though. Usually the letters reference one of our regional programs, countries or states. So for example, Special Olympics Massachusetts = “SOMA” or “Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia = “SOEE”
“ID” or “People with ID”: short for people with intellectual disabilities.
“EKS”: We will always refer to our visionary founder as “Eunice Kennedy Shriver” or “Mrs. Shriver” whenever possible, but you may see a reference to something like “EKS Day” and get to wondering, “just what the heck is EKS Day?” Now you know!