Participation in Special Olympics is open to all people with intellectual disabilities, regardless of ability level.
Please update your contact and medical information with this update form [Opens in New Window].
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics
- Athletes must have an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay, or a developmental disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.
- Athletes age 8 and older may participate in Special Olympics training programs and competitions.
- There is no maximum age limit for participation.
To join Special Olympics Centre County
- Arrange for your family doctor or frequently seen physician to review your athlete’s medical history and complete the medical [Opens in New Window] form.
Many physicians and Public Health Agencies will perform the necessary examination for free or at a reduced cost when asked to do so for Special Olympics. A signature from authorized medical personnel is required on the form. Authorized medical personnel include CRNPs, FNPs, and PAs (in addition to MDs and DOs).
- Upon completion of the application and medical form, return it to the Medical Coordinator, Bill Dennis will arrange for your athlete to begin training in the sport of his/her choice.
- You may also return this form to a coach at the first practice, but please contact the coach beforehand.
- Be sure to inform the coach that the medical has not been filed with the county.
- This form must be updated every 3 years.
- The coach MUST have a copy of the athlete's medical before s/he may participate.
- Have the athlete review and understand the Code of Conduct that all athletes must follow during any Special Olympics events (including practice).
The talents developed in Special Olympics sports training and competition are not confined to the physical skills of the athletes. They are reflected in the blossoming of the heart, mind, and spirit of every person involved.