Become An 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 Release Form
Contact your local Area Director to learn more about the sports offered in your community.
- Alpine Skiing
- SO Disc Golf Rules
- Flag Football
- Gymnastics – Artistic
- Gymnastics – Rhythmic
- Paddleboarding (SO SUP RULES SO SUP Sprints, Relays, Levels & Prone Rules)
- Track and Field
- Table Tennis