Become An Athlete

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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
http://sonc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/APF-Complete-2.pdf

Spanish Version
http://www.sonc.net/wp-content/uploads/Athlete-Participation-Form-Spanish.pdf

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
http://sonc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Athlete-Code-of-Conduct.pdf

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).