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Special Olympics New Jersey provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to become athletes.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must be at least 8 years old* and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability; a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures such as intelligence quotient or other generally accepted measures; or a closely related developmental disability, i.e., functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics New Jersey.

*Children ages 2½ to 7 are eligible to participate in the Young Athletes Program.