FAQs

What is Special Olympics?
Special Olympics is a year-round program of athletic training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Ohio offers training and competition opportunities in 22 different sports with local, area, and state-level competitions throughout the year as well as opportunities for athletes to compete at the national and international levels.

Who is eligible to participate in Special Olympics?
Any person eight years of age or older who is identified as having an intellectual disability by an agency or a professional in any given local area is considered eligible for Special Olympics.

How can I get involved in Special Olympics?
Special Olympics Ohio has more than 160 local programs throughout the state. Athletes must be registered through one of these local organizations. Click here to be put in touch with the Area Director for your county.

How do I volunteer for Special Olympics Ohio?
Each year more than 11,000 people donate their time, talent, and energy to volunteer for Special Olympics Ohio events. There are ample opportunities to volunteer at the local, area, or state level. Register online to be kept informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities.

What is the cost to participate?
Special Olympics Ohio athletes and their families are never assessed fees to participate. Funds are raised at the local, area and state levels to cover the costs in providing the training and competition opportunities for the athletes.