12 Year-Round Sports
Special Olympics offers 12 Olympic-style individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Sports offered are: Aquatics, Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Floor Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.
From Area Games to World Games, athletes have the opportunity to compete on multiple stages and against athletes from across the globe.
Unified Sports ® joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. Our opponent is intolerance, and as long as we come together on the field of play, we can defeat it.
Young Athletes ® is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children ages 2 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics.
School Partnership Program
We partner with various schools and districts in order to bring sports trainings and competition opportunities to students of all ages. We encourage all students and teachers to participate not only in sports but in youth leadership opportunities and coaching.