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 120,000 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 at (206) 231-6034.
  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) 231-6034 or by email.