Stephanie Miller (left) with her Dorchester Dragons teammate, Anna Stonesifer.Special Olympics South Carolina (SO-SC) welcomes people of all ages and ability to participate in our programs. Whether a Traditional Athlete or a Young Athlete; SO-SC creates an accepting and inclusive environment for everyone. And participation in Special Olympics is always free!

Traditional Athlete

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or medical professional as having one of the following conditions:

  • Intellectual disability;
  • Cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures such as intelligence quotient or other accepted measures;
  • A closely related developmental disability which means functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.

Athletes who qualify as a traditional athlete must register by completing and returning an athlete participation form (below) and register as a Special Olympics athlete through your local program.

Athlete Forms


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Young Athletes™ is an innovative sports play program that introduces children ages two to seven years old to the world of sports. Activities focus on fun and mental and physical growth. To be in the Young Athletes™ program an athlete must meet the above requirements and complete both Athlete Participation Form and Medical Forms.

Learn more about the Young Athletes program.

Motor Activity Training ProgramMATP

The Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program is designed for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability who are unable to participate in Official Special Olympics sport competitions because of their skill and/or functional abilities. For more information about the Motor Activity Training Program, please contact Barbara Oswald.


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