Be an Athlete

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.

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

Get Started

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.

Complete an Athlete Release & Participation Form

Participation in Special Olympics Virginia requires athletes to obtain a physical from a medical professional and fill out the Athlete Registration, Medical, and Release Form   every three years. If an athlete does not sign for themselves then a Parent/Guardian Release Form must be completed.

Los atletas que deseen participar en los Olímpicos Especiales de Virginia deben completar los Formularios de Registro, Médico, y de Autorización .  Todos los formularios deben ser enviados a la dirección indicada en la parte superior de los formularios. 

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

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 540.434.6508

Get in the Game

Find a Special Olympics Area Program near you and contact your Region Director to start training!

More Opportunities

Our athletes also have the opportunity to improve their lives off the playing field. Learn more about our Global Messenger training program and our Healthy Athletes® initiative.

Join Us

Want to be an athlete? A coach? A volunteer? A supporter?

Find out what's happening near you, and help us transform lives through the joy of sport.

Find Special Olympics Near You

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

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


Already an athlete? Visit our Athlete Resources section for helpful forms and information.

Athlete Resources