Athletes

Athletes are at the heart of Special Olympics. Our athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities who are finding success, joy, and friendship as part of our community. Through sport, our athletes see themselves for their abilities, not their disabilities.

 How to become a Special Olympics Vermont athlete

Step 1: Fill out our online athlete interest form, which will help us match you with an appropriate program in your area. Following submission, you will receive an email from Special Olympics Vermont with information about opportunities near you. You can see opportunities in your area by clicking here.

Step 2: Fill out the Athlete Registration Packet. Packets can be submitted via:

  • Snail mail: 16 Gregory Dr. Suite 2 South Burlington, VT 05403
  • Email info@vtso.org
  • Fax (802) 863-3911

Step 3: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Step 4: Sign up for the SOVT eNewsletter

Step 5: Check out volunteer opportunities

Who can become a Special Olympics Vermont Athlete?

Special Olympics is a global sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. Intellectual disability (ID) is a term used to describe a person with certain limitations in cognitive functioning and other skills, including communication and self-care. These limitations can cause a child to develop and learn more slowly or differently from his or her peers. Some examples of ID include Fragile X Syndrome, Down syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Special Olympics Vermont has adopted the Unified approach to sports which joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. This promotes social inclusion, respect, and friendship through shared sports training and competition experiences. Partners, the term for teammates without ID, can compete with Special Olympics in a variety of team sports. Learn more about becoming a Unified partner.

To train and compete with Special Olympics, athletes and partners must:

  • Be at least 8 years of age. Learn more about Special Olympics Young Athletes for athletes and partners younger than eight years
  • Complete the Athlete Registration Packet (including Athlete Medical Form and Waiver) every three years
  • Believe in our inclusive community!

Athlete forms

Athlete Interest Form