Athletes are the core of the Special Olympics movement and the meaning behind everything we do through our association with Special Olympics Colorado.

Special Olympics Colorado athletes participate in a variety of competitions at the local, area, state, and international level. Special Olympics Colorado hosts more than 100 competitions. And, we have unique training events like the Denver Nuggets all-team clinic exclusive to Special Olympics athletes and a Unified soccer team that travels with the Colorado Rapids!

Athlete Training
Prior to any Special Olympics Colorado competition, each athlete is required to engage in an extensive training program. As an athlete you will develop fitness and sports skills, and learn the rules and strategies from your coaches. To learn about any upcoming training programs in your area, please contact your Regional Manager.

How To Register as an Athlete

Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who reside in Colorado are eligible to compete as athletes (all experience and skill levels welcome), and people without disabilities of all ages are invited to compete as Unified Partners (teammates).

The following are a few simple steps to get you started and competing as a Special Olympics Athlete in Colorado:

  • Complete an Athlete Participation Medical Form, which includes a medical release that requires a signature from your doctor.
    • If you choose to complete the Athlete Application (online version), save it as a PDF and print out your completed form to bring with you to your doctor’s office.
    • Once you have the doctor’s signature, you may either drop off the form at our State Office (384 Inverness Parkway, Suite 100, Englewood, CO, 80112) or email the form to


Engage for a Lifetime

Child Bracket ages 2 and a half to seven.

Child Bracket ages 8 to 21.

Child Bracket ages 22 and up.

SOCO Programs

Special Olympics Unified Schools® is a national project, funded by the US Department of Education that is implemented within elementary, middle and high schools across the nation. Its goal is to activate youth around the country in an effort to promote the importance of inclusive school activities. Special Olympics Unified Schools is designed to change

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Special Olympics Colorado offers a variety of Health & Wellness Programming, including: Healthy LEAP Healthy LEAP (Lifestyle Education And Practice) is a series of health, nutrition, fitness, safety and injury prevention lessons and practical applications created specifically for youth and adults with and without intellectual disabilities.  Each lesson includes specific tasks and activities to jump start

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Through the generosity of the Kroenke Sports Charities’ Teammates for Kids, in addition to support from Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Colorado Rapids, 20 athletes and coaches from Colorado will have the opportunity to join the Rapids in a one-of-a-kind experience. The unified team, which is comprised of players both with and without intellectual disabilities

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