Whether your interest is competitive or social in nature, we want you on our team. Our focus is on real sports, competition, athletes, and achievements.
We organize and run year round athletic training and nearly 2,000 competitions each year for athletes of all ages at no cost to our participants. Anyone age 8 or older who has an intellectual disability can become a Special Olympics athlete.
Athletes age 2-7 are eligible to participate in our Young Athletes™ Program.
Confirm you're eligible. Eligible athletes are identified by an agency or professional as having:
Our Athlete Eligibility Policy gives details about who is eligible to participate as a Special Olympics athlete.
Participation in Special Olympics Virginia requires athletes to obtain a physical from a medical professional and fill out the Athlete Medical Form and Athlete Release Form every three years. If an athlete does not sign for themselves then a Parent/Guardian Release Form must be completed.
Send your completed forms to Jennifer Gordon, Project Manager, in our Harrisonburg office by mail, email, or fax.
Mail: 21 Southgate Court, Suite 103
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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