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Sports Offered

Sports & Competitions

In addition to the athletic competition, each of the games include all of the pageantry and excitement of the Olympic Games with events such as Opening Ceremony, Lighting the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, Victory Dances, Banquets, and Award Ceremonies.

Click the sport below to learn more or to access registration forms, handbooks, or competition guides.

Sports Offered

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Athletics

Learn more about Athletics

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Basketball

Learn more about Basketball

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Bocce

Learn more about Bocce

Bowling

Learn more about Bowling

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Cheerleading

Learn more about Cheerleading

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Equestrian

Learn more about Equestrian

Powerlifting

Learn more about Powerlifting

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Soccer

Learn more about Soccer

Softball

Learn more about Softball

Swimming

Learn more about Swimming

Volleyball

Learn more about Volleyball

State Summer Games Registration

Coaches can find forms to register here

Special Olympics is unique in that it accommodates competitors at all ability levels by assigning them to competition divisions based on previous performances or preliminary heats. In this way, all athletes get a chance to compete against others of equal ability.

Additional Information

  • We follow the National Governing Body rules of each sport.
  • Athletes train prior to competition.
  • Qualified coaches train participants.
  • Sports are adapted to allow athletes of all ability levels to participate.
  • Athletes compete in divisions made up of individuals with equal ability levels. (typically no less than 3 and never more than 8)