Schools FAQ

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How much does the Schools Partnership program cost the schools and/or athletes?

The Schools Partnership Program is completely free to all participants. If you’d like to help make this valuable program possible, please see our donations and volunteer pages.

Who is eligible to participate in Schools Programs?

Special education students of all abilities between the ages of 5 and 22 years of age are eligible to participate.

Can any school district work with the Special Olympics to develop the School Partnership Program? 

Currently, programs exist in Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, San Francisco and  San Mateo Counties. We believe these geographic areas have the highest potential for garnering student participation.


We are also currently looking for other districts that have the enthusiasm and desire to unify your student body with our sports,  training program and whole-school involvement activities.  If you are interested in starting a School Partnership Program in an area we do not currently serve, do not hesitate to contact

I am a teacher and I am in a Schools Partnership Program region.  Who do I contact?

Please clikc on the Sports drop down at the top of our web page and click on your county.  The name and contact info of your Schools Programs manager can be found there.

I am a teacher and I am NOT in a Schools Partnership Program Region. Who do I contact?

Please contact

When did the program begin and how has it grown? 

We originally piloted the program in 2001 in San Mateo County, offering two sports for 50 students. Today, San Mateo County has over 1,100 athletes participating in four sports throughout 24 school districts.


The San Francisco School District program started in 2007, as did the collaboration with the Contra Costa County Office of Education. Since then, the School Partnership Program has become our fastest growing program.


We currently serve nearly 4,200 athletes, and that number is expected to grow substantially over the next few years.