Why should I participate in Special Olympics?

Participating in Special Olympics helps athletes become physically and mentally fit. Also, participating in Special Olympics is a great way to meet new friends and can help you reach for your dreams in your every day life.

Am I eligible to be a Special Olympics Athlete?

Anyone who has been identified as having an intellectual disability or closely related developmental disability by an Agency or professional and is age 8 or older can train and compete as a Special Olympics athlete.

Learn more about Athlete Eligibility.

Athletes ages 2-7 may inquire about Special Olympics Wisconsin’s Young Athletes™.

Are there Any Fees for Participation?

There is no cost to the athlete to join Special Olympics Wisconsin. There may be a minimal cost involved in participating. No athlete will be denied participation based on economic circumstances.

How do I Join?

  1. Contact the Regional Athletic Director in your region.
  2. Obtain and complete the Athlete Release Form and the Athlete Medical Form or download the forms below.
  3. Return your form(s) to the Special Olympics Wisconsin Headquarters Office. All new athletes must have both forms on file before they begin practicing. Medical deadline dates are strictly enforced for upcoming competitions. Please work closely with your coach, Agency Manager and/or the Athlete Medical Records Manager at the Headquarters Office to make sure medical deadlines are met. It is your responsibility to maintain a valid medical form with Special Olympics Wisconsin Headquarters.

Why is the Athlete Release Form and the Athlete Medical Form necessary?

The forms are similar to those required for any other sports program. They provide for:

  1. Necessary medical information, including a health history, health insurance information and emergency contacts, including physician, parent or guardian.
  2. Secondary insurance coverage by Special Olympics, Inc. as a secondary policy.
  3. Emergency medical treatment in the event that a parent or guardian cannot be reached.
  4. A photo release allowing Special Olympics Wisconsin to use any photos or video of its athletes for marketing purposes.
  5. Release for athletes wishing to participate in Healthy Athletes.

Athlete Registration Forms

If you have questions, contact

The Regional Athletic Director in your region.


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