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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
Athlete Registration
Medical Form

Formulario de Inscripción del Atleta
Formulario Médico

Sports Offered

Contact your local Area Director to learn more about the sports offered in your community.

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