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Become an Athlete

We are so excited you or a family member wants to become an athlete with Special Olympics Utah!

How to get started

  • The athlete must be eight years of age or older — a person never ages out of Special Olympics!
  • Review and complete the Athlete Registration Form.
  • There must be a visit to a medical professional, and this Athlete Medical Form completed and signed by the medical professional. Read more on this in the notes section below.
  • Return the completed Athlete Registration Form, and Athlete Medical Form in one of the following ways:
    • Email to with the subject line, "FORMS FOR NEW ATHLETE"
    • Fax to Special Olympics Utah at 801-363-1524
    • Mail to Special Olympics Utah, 1400 S., Suite 238, Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Important Notes

  • Upon submission, please keep an original copy of all forms for yourself. You will need to provide your HOD or Head Coach of the team with a copy of the athlete registration forms and medical forms for their records.
  • Please include all your CURRENT contact information so we can reach you with any questions.
  • A Sports Program member will contact you about how to find a team to join, or how to be an independent athlete.
  • Please take time to review the Athlete Medical Form before scheduling an appointment with your medical provider. It is important to know what questions the medical provider will be asked to answer.
  • To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics you must be at least eight years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially-designed instruction.

An intellectual disability is the most common developmental disability and includes Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Apert Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Prader-Willi, Phenylketonuria (PKU), Cerebral Palsy and a severe head injury, infection or stroke if manifested before the age of 18. Based on the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Sport & Competitions

Training and State Competitions offered in the following sports: Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Softball, Snowshoe, Soccer and Swimming. Programs are offered throughout the year.

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Unified Sports Partners

Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

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