People with intellectual disabilities are found everywhere, without regard to race, religion, political affiliation, culture, economics or social class. And their positive spirit, determination to succeed, and innate human decency make them powerful ambassadors for all people society routinely undervalues, generally ignores, or even shuns.
In Special Olympics, the athletes are the heart of the movement. The athletes not only have the opportunity to develop physical fitness and become competitive athletes, but through our support programs such as Athlete Leadership, Unified Sports and Healthy Athletes they gain the knowledge and resources to live a healthy lifestyle and evolve as leaders and important members of society.
At no cost to any athletes to join or participate, Special Olympics Arizona offers training and competition opportunities in Olympic-type sports, advocacy resources, health screenings and so much more for athletes 8 years or older. No matter what your ability level, you can benefit from Special Olympics. And no matter what your interest, there is a sport for you. There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics.
Eligibility and Age Requirements
Young Athletes is a sports play program for athletes two and a half to seven years old. Children who are six and seven years old can participate in Under Eight Can’t Wait local area training programs (where available) and area competition. At no cost to any athletes to join or participate, the minimum age requirement for participation in state competitions is eight years and for National or World competitions 16 years. There is no maximum age for participation in Special Olympics.