Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. There are approximately 180,000 people with intellectual disabilities in Washington. Our goal is to reach out to every one of them – and their families as well.

Join Special Olympics Washington and be the best you can be!

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must:

  • Be at least 8 years old (children ages 2-1/2 to 7 are eligible to participate in the Young Athletes program).
  • Be diagnosed by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability; a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures such as intelligence quotient or other generally accepted measures; or a closely related development disability, i.e., functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.
  • Complete the Athlete Registration packet, including all required medical and release forms.
  • Agree to uphold the Special Olympics Athlete Code of Conduct.

Ready to join the Special Olympics Washington team?

  1. Contact our Athlete Support Hotline or complete our online form to express your interest.
  2. Complete and return the Athlete Registration packet, including all required medical and release forms.

For questions and more information, contact our Athlete Support Hotline at (206) 681-9378 or by email.