Athlete Resources

We’re excited to have you as a part of our team!

Below, find links to many of the resources you’ll need as a Special Olympics athlete.

To get connected locally, find Special Olympics near you and contact your Region Director and Area leadership.

Athlete Oath
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Athlete Registration, Medical, and Release Form     
To participate in training and competition, all athletes are required to complete these forms and update them every 3 years. If an athlete is under 18 or does not sign for himself or herself then a included Parent/Guardian Release Form must be signed.

Formularios de Registro, Médico, y de Autorización  
Para participar en el entrenamiento y las competiciones, cada atleta debe completar estos formularios y actualizarlos cada 3 años. Si un atleta tiene menos de 18 años o si no firma por sí mismo, se debe firmar un formulario de autorización para padres/tutores

Athlete Eligibility Policy
Find out about our age and disability requirements to train and compete as a Special Olympics athlete.

Athlete & Unified Partner Code of Conduct
Our expectations of athletes and Unified Partners are explained in our Code of Conduct.

Athlete Participation Policy
This excerpt from our Policy Manual explains requirements to participate in our program.

Young Athletes™ Participation & Release Form
Children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities are eligible to participate in our Young Athletes program. A parent or guardian must complete this form in order for the child to be an eligible participant.

Criteria for Advancement to Higher Level Competition
Learn about the athlete selection process for advancement to higher levels of competition, such as state, USA and World Games.

World & National Games Selection Process
This document outlines guidelines for athlete selection for USA and World Games.

The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs
This comprehensive guide on the AbilityPath website examines the laws that impact a child with special needs, the importance of the individualized education plan, and the different paths a child with special needs can take after graduating from high school.


Ready to go for the gold? Get started and sign up as a Special Olympics athlete!

Be an Athlete

Questions about competing and training as a Special Olympics athlete? Contact us!

Project Manager
Jennifer Gordon
[email protected]
540.434.6508 (fax)