Special Olympics Overview & Forms

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3086-SpecialOlympicsLogoSpecial Olympics Northern Santa Barbara County is an area of Special Olympics Southern California offering 11 different Olympic-type sports programs each year. All the programs offered provide athletes with the chance to develop physical fitness, sports skills, social skills and self-esteem, ultimately giving people with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to compete, to grow, to learn and to inspire.

 Special Olympics World Games

Special Olympics athletes are able to train and compete at the local and regional level with the possibility of advanced competition, if elected to attend. The minimum age requirement for participation is 8 years old; there is no maximum age limit. Also, our programs are offered at NO COST to our athletes.


In order to participate in Special Olympics Southern California programs, all athletes must meet Special Olympics eligibility requirements (see below) and be properly registered. This includes having a valid Application for Participation in Special Olympics (medical) on file with our SOSC program. Please click on the links above to obtain the forms you need to get properly registered.

For more information, visit or contact:
(805) 925-0951 ext. 2260

Athlete Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must be over the age of 8 years old and be identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions:

  • Intellectual disability
  • Cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures such as intelligence quotient or other generally accepted measures
  • Closely related development disability, i.e. functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills

Special Olympics Athlete-Supporters Overview



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