Interested in becoming an Athlete?

Persons are eligible for Special Olympics training and competition opportunities provided they are eight years of age or above and who are considered to have a intellectual disability.
If you are a person with a intellectual disability or (the parent of a child with a intellectual disability) and would like to enroll (your child) to develop athleticism, build courage, make friends, experience teamwork and delight in your (their) accomplishments, then please contact the Area Director for your county or call 1-800-288-5225.

Interested in becoming a global messenger?

Over the years Special Olympics athletes have inspired others while out on the playing field. Now through Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPS), athletes are acting in leadership roles beyond the training fields of sport competitions by serving as Board of Directors, committee members, spokespersons, coaches and officials.

To become a Global Messenger in our Athlete Leadership Program you must have a desire to serve in meaningful leadership roles other than or in addition to that of a "competitor".

If you would like more information about joining this exciting outreach program please contact the Area Director in your county or call 1-800-288-5225.

Interested in becoming a Unified Partner?

Other than family members, few people grow closer than teammates. Somehow, that common pursuit against the odds, that shared moment of victory or defeat, brings even the most diverse people together.

Special Olympics Unified Sports brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities; people of similar age and athletic ability, who train and compete on the same teams.

Throughout the year, in a variety of sports ranging from basketball and soccer, to golf and bowling, Unified athletes build their bodies, sharpen their skills, challenge themselves through competition and have fun too. It’s a physical workout that builds friendship, character, leadership and inspires greatness in all who participate.

You don’t have to be an all-star to play. The key to any successful Unified Sports experience is partners and athletes on teams who are all of similar age and ability. These opportunities are available at all ability levels.

The Unified Sports program combines an equal number of Special Olympics "athletes" with their non-disabled peers ("partners") on a sports team.
Presently, SOTN has more than 800 partners registered and this number continues to grow. Unified Sports programs include: golf, softball, bowling, soccer, basketball, volleyball and bocce.

If would like more information on how you can assist in breaking down the barriers that historically have kept people with and without developmental disabilities apart, then please contact the Area Director in your county or call 1-800-288-5225.


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