Become An Athlete


Participation in Special Olympics is free!

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Individuals eight years old and up, identified by a medical agency or professional as having an intellectual disability can compete. There is also a Young Athletes Program available for children ages 2-7. Buncombe County Special Olympics offers year round sports training and competition in 9 different sports:

  • Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Powerlifting
  • Soccer

Athlete Participation Form

Spanish Version

As part of the athlete participation form, the future athlete must have a medical examination done by a medical professional (doctor, PA, or family, registered or pediatric nurse practitioner).

Athlete Code of Conduct

What is intellectual disability?

Intellectual disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behavior, which covers a range of everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 18 (per American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities).