ESPN has agreed to an eight-year extension to broadcast global Special Olympics events through 2027.
ESPN will provide Special Olympics programming from the World Games, World Winter Games and USA Games under the extension announced Thursday.
ESPN has partnered with Special Olympics for nearly 35 years and signed on as its global broadcast partner in 2015. Coverage has included the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria, 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle and 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Special Olympics were started in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver to help change perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities. It has since expanded to 172 countries and 4.9 million athletes.
ESPN also will continue to be the global presenting sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports, which promotes social inclusion through shared sports training and competition.