Become An Athlete

Get Involved

To participate in Special Olympics Arizona programs, at no cost to the participants and begin the adventure of making friends and learning new skills, follow the steps below!
Step 1: Find a Local Program and contact your Area Director
Step 2: Complete the Athlete Medical & Consent Form
Step 3: Review the Athlete Code of Conduct

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Be at least 8 years old (Younger children are eligible to participate in the Young Athletes Program).
Have a current Medical and Consent Form on file.
Identified 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.

YOUNG ATHLETES PROGRAM

Children ages two to seven are eligible to participate in the Young Athletes Program.

UNIFIED SPORTS

Be at least two years old to participate in the Inclusive Young Athletes Program.
Be at least six years old for Area Competitions.
Be at least eight years old for State Competitions.
Be at least 16 years old for World/National Competitions.

LOCAL AREA COMPETITIONS

Children who are six and seven years old can participate in area competition. Must have a current Medical & Consent Form on file.

STATE GAMES

Be at least eight years old.
Have a current Medical & Consent Form on file.

WORLD & USA GAMES

Be at least 16 years old.
Have a current Medical & Consent Form on file.
Other specific qualifications required per competition.

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