Special Olympics Northern California provides athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, instilling the confidence they need to succeed in life. Currently, Special Olympics Northern California offers year-round sports training and competition in 11 different sports for over 17,777 athletes within four different seasons.
How does Special Olympics Work?
Special Olympics sports are available to all eligible athletes (visit their FAQ page for more information about eligibility, including age requirements) at no cost to the athlete. Your athlete doesn’t need to know how to play a sport, as our coaches will work with your athlete, regardless of their level or ability, to teach them the skills they need in order to participate. A sports season typically consists of 6-8 trainings (practices) that usually take place one to two times per week in the evening or on the weekend, which culminates with a competition opportunity.
What sports are offered?
Click here for more information about the sports offered below.
Winter Season (January – March)
Spring Season (March – June)
• Track & Field
Summer Season (June – September)
Fall Season (September – December)
• Floor Hockey
Starting in the Spring of 2015, Athletes will be required to register for the sport(s) they are interested in participating in for the upcoming season. Click here for more information about this practice registration process. For specific sports offerings in your county and information about registering, please visit their County Programs page.