The 2022 Polar Plunge Season is Here!

Make a splash and dive into chilly waters to show your support for local Special Olympics athletes. The 2022 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Northern California will be held at several locations. Remote, Cool School and Chicken (stay dry) registration options are available. Jump in!

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Winter 2022 Sports & Program Updates

Let’s Play! Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) is excited to welcome back athletes, volunteers and Unified partners to limited in-person activities. Learn more about our winter and spring seasons.

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Nominate SONC Volunteers of the Year

Submit your nominations for Special Olympics Northern California Volunteers of the Year. We are recognizing volunteers who participated in virtual programming and/or in-person events in 2021.



Upcoming Events

2022 Polar Plunge
Feb 26 - March 26, 2022

Various Locations

Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament
April 01, 2022, Friday

 Boulder Ridge Golf Club

Silicon Valley Bocce Bash
May 05, 2022, Thursday

Campo di Bocce, Los Gatos


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 14 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

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