WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS?

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS?

HOW CAN MY CHILD BECOME A SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETE?

Eligible athletes may join SMSO simply by registering through a Local Program. Local Programs (teams) are the grassroots level of our organization and are intended to allow athletes to train and participate within their own community.

 

Volunteers from the community facilitate these Local Programs and provide the necessary support and guidance for the athletes.

 

SMSO has existing Local Programs (teams) throughout the state, grouped into seven distinct geographic Areas. In addition, we encourage and support the formation of new Local Programs wherever needed.


To find out more about how to register and participate in SMSO, contact Andrea Riley at area3specialolympics@gmail.com.

AREA III FIELD GAMES/ACTIVITIES

  • Bocce

  • Long Jump

  • Standing Long Jump

  • Fishing

  • Frisbee

  • Badminton

  • Basketball

  • Shotput

  • Softball Throw

  • Wheelchair Races

  • Assisted Walks

  • 50-m, 100-m, 200-m dashes

  • Volleyball

  • 100-m, 200-m walks

  • Tennis ball throw

  • Football throw

  • Horseshoes

  • Soccer kick

  • Golf skills

COMPETE

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, you must be:

  • at least 8 years of age

and

  • identified by an agency or professional as having a mental challenge.

Athletes who have physical disabilities but do not have mental challenges are not eligible to participate in Special Olympics.

There are opportunities for athletes without mental challenges to participate in Special Olympics through the Unified SportsĀ® program.

 

Athlete Ability
SMSO provides a variety of competition opportunities for athletes of all abilities. By offering official events of various degrees of difficulty and challenge, SMSO aims to accommodate the needs of every eligible athlete.

 

Most Special Olympics sports events have few differences from the same types of sports events offered to individuals without mental challenges. However, athletes who possess a lower degree of mobility can participate in events such as the 25m Assisted Walk. These athletes may also participate in modified team sports. SMSO also offers a number of events for athletes who use wheelchairs.

 

The major distinction made in Special Olympics sports competitions is that whenever possible athletes compete against others of similar ability, a process called divisioning.

Let me win. If I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. - Special Olympics Oath

Special Olympics MississippiSp

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