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"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." -Athlete Oath

Special Olympics provide an accepting, safe and healthy environment for all individuals with intellectual disabilities. This program believes that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Families are strengthened. And the community, through participation and observation, is united in understanding these citizens in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.

Impact/Benefits

  • Special Olympics athletes get along better in school, in their community and in life
  • Special Olympics athletes derive considerable intrinsic pleasure from solving difficult problems
  • Special Olympics athletes reach more and higher goals of self-esteem and success in general
  • Special Olympics athletes have better behavior, better habits and better general life skills

Athlete Eligibility

To Be Eligible To Participate... in Special Olympics, you must be at least eight years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially-designed instruction. Click here to read more about the enrollment process.  You may also download athlete related forms from our web site. In order to train or compete in Special Olympics, an athlete must have a current Medical Application on file.

Get Involved as an Athlete

To get involved as an athlete, call the headquarters office at 913-236-9290 or 800-444-9803.
To find to find the Local Program based in your geographic location, click here. To learn more about the sports opportunities for athletes, click here.

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