Register for the 2023 Polar Plunge

Jump in! Registration for the 2023 Polar Plunge is now open. Make a splash for Special Olympics NorCal athletes at any of 10 Plunge locations and support our life-changing programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

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Submit your Nomination for the 2022 Volunteers of the Year

We rely on the support of more than 28,000 dedicated volunteers to keep our programs running every year. Tell us about how a volunteer went above and beyond in 2022! There are 10 different categories including Coach, Program Support, Health & Wellness, LETR and more.




Special Olympics Northern California enriches the lives of more than 26,218 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Northern California through sports, education, and athlete health.

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

Annual Partners