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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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Learn more about Athletics

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Learn more about Basketball

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Learn more about Bocce


Learn more about Bowling

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Learn more about Cheerleading

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Learn more about Equestrian


Learn more about Powerlifting

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Learn more about Soccer


Learn more about Softball


Learn more about Swimming


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)