Become An Athlete

Special Olympics Virginia organizes and runs year-round athletic training and nearly 2,000 competitions each year for athletes of all ages at no cost to our participants. Anyone age 8 or older who has an intellectual disability can become a Special Olympics athlete. Children ages 2-7 can participate in our Young Athletes program. Whether your interest is competitive or social in nature, we want you on our team. Our focus is on real sports, competition, athletes, and achievements.
How to Get Involved
Confirm you're eligible. Check out our athlete eligibility policy for more information.
Participation in Special Olympics Virginia requires athletes to obtain a physical from a medical professional and fill out forms every three years.
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Find a Special Olympics Area Program near you and contact your Region Director to start training!
Looking for more? Visit our athletes resource page.
Additional Programs
Our athletes also have the opportunity to improve their lives off the playing field as well. Read more about how athletes can get involved with Special Olympics.
Healthy Athletes® is the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities. Across the state, these Healthy Athletes initiatives are offered at several events, including Summer Games.
Young Athletes is a unique sport and play program for children ages 2 to 7 with intellectual disabilities. Learn more here.
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Our Global Messenger training program, sponsored by the Hometown Foundation, offers public speaking and presentation skills training to Special Olympics athletes.