Eligibility for Athletes

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must have an intellectual disability; a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.

Participation in Special Olympics starts at age 8 years, and there’s no maximum age limit. 

Children with intellectual disabilities ages 2 through 7 can take part in the Young Athletes program, either at home or a nearby Special Olympics program through an early intervention program or their local school. 

People without intellectual disabilities can take part in Unified Sports teams that mix people with and without intellectual disabilities. 

How To Participate 

Please note that before an athlete can begin Special Olympics sports training, the athlete's parent/guardian and a medical professional must complete an Athlete Medical Application or participation. The form must be updated every three years. 



In order to compete, all athletes must train with our local program for a minimum of eight weeks prior to competition. 

For more information on competing please contact us by email at sopamonroecounty@gmail.com or by phone at 570-798-SOMC

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