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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
Medical Form
Athlete Release Form

Formulario Médico
Formulario de Inscripción del Atleta
AAI Forma de Autorización

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Sports Offered

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

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