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
Athlete Participation Form
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).