Competition & Training Information

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“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
Special Olympics athlete oath


Participation is open to anyone age eight and older, and programs are designed to serve all ability levels, all at no cost to participants.

Athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender. Special Olympics also offers events for lower ability level athletes to train and compete in basic skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to longer competitive events.

Special Olympics athletes can also participate in Unified Sports® competitions. Special Olympics Unified Sports is a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition.


Sports are offered on a four-season sports calendar: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Athletes may participate in two sports each season, and must designate their primary and secondary sport choices. Athletes may compete at the local and regional level in both sports, but may only attend the chapter-level competition in their primary sport.

  • Spring
    Aquatics, Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, Bocce, and Flag Football
  • Summer
  • Fall
    Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Golf
  • Winter
    Floor Hockey


Contact Elysha Perry, Sports Coordinator, at (805) 925-0951 ext. 1460 or by email at