Beyond Sports

Young Athletes

Special Olympics Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities ages 2 through 7, designed to provide opportunities for young children to be active, have fun, and learn foundational sports skills. The program supports physical, cognitive and social development — skills important on and off the sports field. It also offers families connections to local Special Olympics Programs. There is no cost for your family to participate. The program offers one hour classes that meet for 6-8 weeks. Learn about upcoming Young Athletes programs by visiting the calendar page. For information about  starting Young Athletes in your town, please contact Rachel Hamm Vaughan.

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Special Olympics Unified Sports® brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete on the same team.

In Schools: Special Olympics Unified Schools is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities, while creating communities of acceptance for all.

In your community:
Half a million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way. Learn more about becoming an athlete or partner. 

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Healthy Athletes

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes offers health services and information to athletes in dire need in 130 countries around the world. In the process, Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities. Today in Vermont, athletes have access to health screenings in five areas: FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), Opening Eyes (vision), and Special Smiles (dentistry) at no cost. 

Farm to Athlete

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving the lives of our athletes, the Farm to Athlete program brings fresh, healthy meal options to all Special Olympics Vermont competition events.

Athlete Leadership 

Special Olympics Athletes are leaders on and off the field. Special Olympics Athlete Leadership  allows athletes to explore opportunities for greater participation in the movement beyond sports training and competition as spokespeople, Special Olympics Vermont Board members, and coaches. These types of leadership roles give athletes a voice in shaping the Special Olympics movement, and a chance to spread the word about the remarkable transformations that Special Olympics can bring about in individuals, families, and communities. For more information about ALPS and upcoming training, please contact Liza Reed.

Sports and Competitions

Special Olympics Vermont offers sports training and competition opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities in 12 Olympic-type sports including alpine skiing, aquatics, athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, bowling, cross country skiing, golf, snowboarding, snowshoeing, soccer, and softball. Learn more about the sports we offer, or see our schedule of upcoming competitions.