Special Olympics Southern California School Games provides training and competitive sports options to elementary, middle, and high school special education and adapted physical education students. It encourages youth participation, inclusion and leadership in local schools and prepares school age students for participation in SOSC sports opportunities beyond the school day.
Students score goals, hit game-winning baskets, and break through finish-line tape with their arms wide open during Special Olympics Southern California’s School Games competitions.
School Games Sports Offered: Athletics (Track & Field) | Basketball | Soccer
Benefits of Participation in School Games
Sets students on the path to lifelong sports participation through collaboration with families, schools and the community.
For many, this is a child’s first opportunity to compete, be part of a team or to be cheered on by family and friends.
Provides opportunities to unite students with and without intellectual disabilities and build a school community of acceptance and inclusion.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Get the Special Olympics sports knowledge
Find sports resources at: Sports Offered
Find and work with your allies
- Contact your Regional SOSC staff
- Identify and establish student leaders
- Recruit student leaders from neighboring high schools to volunteer. Partners Clubs and General PE classes are great resources
- Identify key school administration, leadership, and staff
Develop and share your plan
- Schedule a meeting with school administration and Regional SOSC staff
- Determine what sports will be offered, i.e. Fall Soccer, Fall Basketball or Spring Athletics (Track & Field), who will coach, and how students will be recruited
- Determine what’s needed and how it will be funded, if necessary, for items such as uniforms, transportation to/ from culminating event, etc.
Create opportunities for students to train for, and compete, in a culminating event
- Include training opportunities that occur over the course of a season or a semester
- Conduct a culminating event, and host students from a single school or invite participating surrounding schools
Make it sustainable
- Explore youth leadership & advocacy. Start a Youth Activation Committee, or participate on the Regional SOSC committee
- Provide opportunities for whole school engagement
- Find fun and innovative ways to fundraise for Special Olympics. Invite other students and clubs to participate
- Participate as “Fans in the Stands” at an event and cheer on your favorite school