Sponsor an Athlete

Children and adults with intellectual disabilities need Special Olympics! The State of California stopped funding Special Olympics for the 2020–2021 California Budget. Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) relies on this support to help our athletes through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

By sponsoring an athlete, you will help SONC deliver essential programming, equipment, and items such as Fall Games @ Home, Fall Sports & Fitness, Sports & Fitness Kits, printed materials, personal protective equipment (PPE), and more.

Sponsor an athlete today by participating in the Better Together Online Auction—open through October 19.

Sponsor an Athlete

Announcing Fall Season

We are excited to announce the Special Olympics Northern California Virtual Fall Season: complete with sports, events, and fun activities. We want to inspire and connect our community, even as we continue social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Fall Season will offer exciting opportunities for every member of our community to get involved and share in the spirit of Special Olympics.

Virtual Fall Sports & Fitness

Virtual Fall Sports & Fitness

September 22 – November 7

During Virtual Fall Sports & Fitness, Athletes, Unified Partners, and Coaches will participate in a seven-week program, similar to our in-person sports season, all from the safety of their homes. Athletes and Unified Partners that register by Thursday, September 24, will receive a free Fall Sports & Fitness Kit: Special Olympics face mask, a water bottle, a pedometer, and a cinch bag. After September 24, Athletes can register and participate, but will not receive the Fall Sports & Fitness Kit.

Register & Learn More

Fall Sports & Fitness will include three days of live online practices per week and is one of the many programs and community events offered during the Fall Season. In-person events and activities are currently suspended through December 31, 2020.


Fall Community Events


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.

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.
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
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.

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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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