Ways to Get Involved

There are a variety of ways athletes can participate in Special Olympics. Your choices are based on sports, team and individual, ability to travel and availability of local training programs in your area. Please note, travel is not provided by Special Olympics New Jersey to athlete training or competition.

Strategies for participation:

  • Register as part of an existing local training program that is managed by parents and volunteers with no direct affiliation between group and school or agency that serves athletes.
  • Register with an existing school or agency program that provides direct service to an athlete. Contact teacher/staff for information on programs/sports offered, or contact the Special Olympics New Jersey Outreach Manager for assistance in getting a program started in your school or agency.
  • Start a new Local Training Program by contacting Special Olympics New Jersey and receive technical support and resources to create a new program.
  • Register as an Independent Athlete (i.e., Individual sports – golf, bowling, skiing, etc.)

Local Training Programs

Find out where an athlete can get started training – conveniently near you!

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Family Programs

We provide a safe non-judgmental environment; a community of families who focus on the values of acceptance, awareness, and respect.

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School Programs

Get Into Our Game (GIOG) is a Special Olympics training program that provides individuals the chance to participate in athletic competition within their school or community.

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Young Athletes Program

This program was created to meet the physical and developmental needs of children, ages 2 ½ to 7, in the areas of physical activity and play, with an emphasis on sports skill development.

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Unified Sports

Special Olympics Unified Sports® brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete on the same sports team.

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Healthy Athletes

This program provides screenings to educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow-up.

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Athlete Leadership Programs

These programs empower athletes to explore opportunities for greater participation in our movement beyond sports training and competition: as coaches, officials, spokespeople and Board and committee members.

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