Become an Athlete

To become a Special Olympics Northern California athlete is to know no limits and it’s COMPLETELY FREE to all participants! 

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Becoming an athlete means building the skills and self-confidence to go beyond what you thought possible. It means taking intellectual disability and turning it into an opportunity to achieve. It means joining a community that values respect, sportsmanship and fair-play.  Click on the the Welcome Guide for more information about Special Olympics.  

The only requirement to complete and return the Athlete Application, which requires the signature of a licensed medical practitioner.   

With year-round sports training, competitions and 11 sports to choose from, now is the time to become an athlete!

If you would like to receive practice schedules, competition dates, fundraising events and other information via email, simply “Join our Community” and you can select what information you would like to receive.



+ Anyone diagnosed with intellectual disabilities who is 5 years old or older is eligible to participate.

+ An "Athlete Application" form must be completed and signed by a licensed medical professional.

+Athletes 5–7 years of age are eligible to participate in trainings only.  Athletes 8 years of age and older are eligible to participate in trainings and competitions. 

Make a Donation

Through sports training and competition opportunities, Special Olympics changes lives and does so for FREE. As you join our Special Olympics family, please consider making a donation so that we can continue to touch the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Get Started — Apply to Become an Athlete!

It's simple, safe, fun, and it could change your life!

  1. Join the Special Olympics Northern California website.
  2. To download the full Special Olympics Athlete Application form click here.   For the Spanish version, click here.
  3. Complete the form, sign required fields and obtain the signature of a licensed medical professional. 
  4. Make a copy of the completed "Athlete Application" form for your records.
  5. Please submit the original completed form to:

    Attn: Athlete Application
    Special Olympics Northern California
    3480 Buskirk Avenue #340
    Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


Have a question or need additional information?  Please contact and the appropriate staff or volunteer will contact you.