Participating in Special Olympics helps athletes get fit physically and mentally.

Athletes also have the chance to meet new friends and learn to reach for their dreams in your every day life. The information and forms found on this page will help you know what is expected of Special Olympics athletes, and what forms are required prior to participation.

All prospective athletes must register to participate in Special Olympics. There is no cost to participate.

Who is eligible to participate in Special Olympics?

Persons are eligible for Special Olympics competition provided they are

Special Olympics training and competition is open to every person with an intellectual disability (mental retardation or closely related cognitive delay) who is at least eight years of age. Children ages 6 – 7 may participate in training and other non-competition activities. Children ages 2 – 7 may participate in the Young Athletes Program. There is no maximum age limit for participation in Special Olympics.

* Athletes age 2-7 are eligible to participate in our Young Athletes® program.

Athlete Release & Participation Form

To participate in training and competition, all athletes are required to complete this formwhich includes a physical examination performed by a doctor. Once a registration form has been submitted, the next step is to select and sign up for a sport. Contact the Local Coordinator of the sport to sign-up — this information is provided in the Local Programs section.


Athlete Registration, Release and Medical Form 2018

Formulario Médico del Atleta– HISTORIA de SALUD

Be sure to check out our offered sports section for each area as well.