Join us for Summer Games

Special Olympics Northern California's highest-profile event is the annual Summer Games! The three-day competition event will be held from June 23-25 at Santa Clara University and will feature more than 1,000 athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans. Summer Games includes four sports, a star-studded Opening Ceremony, Healthy Athletes, Young Athletes Fair and more. Volunteer opportunities are available!


Fuel the Flame at ARCO

Shop at 50+ ARCO locations in the Central Valley Area this month and support Special Olympics NorCal! Buy a “Flame of Hope” Torch Icon for $1 and your icon will be displayed at the store showing your support . All proceeds will benefit local Special Olympics athletes. 




Special Olympics Northern California enriches the lives of more than 17,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Northern California through sports, education, health and leadership programs.

All of our programs are at no cost to the participants.

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We offer year-round training and competitions in 11 sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The skills our athletes gain on the playing field carries over to the playing field of life.
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The Schools Partnership Program is a unique education program in PreK-Transition schools. It unifies students with and without disabilities through sports, promoting acceptance and respect.
Athlete Health
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We believe that promoting regular health care to our athletes and encouraging a healthy lifestyle is vital for helping our athletes feel good about themselves.

What You Can Do

Become an Athlete
Become an Athlete

Train and
compete in
year-round sports


Give and
receive the
gift of joy

Attend a Fundraiser

An easy and fun way to support our athletes!


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The ESPY Award Tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver

ESPY Video Tribute: Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver - ESPN Video

She wanted to be known as a hero of sports and tonight she got it!

- Tim Shriver

Chairman of Special Olympics

Thank You to Our Annual Partners

Our Annual Partners