The athletes competing at Summer Games come from all walks of life and as far south as Tulare County and as far north as Humboldt County. They have worked long and hard for the opportunity to showcase their skills and athletic ability over the course of the weekend. The minimum age of the competitors is eight years of age and there is no age limit.
The athletic skills vary from athlete to athlete. To ensure an equal playing field so that all have a fair chance to win, athletes are divisioned according to age, sex and playing ability. Win or lose, Special Olympics firmly believes that everyone should be recognized for their efforts and as a result, medals are presented for Gold through Bronze and ribbons for 4th through 8th and all athletes receive awards, even if they are disqualified or otherwise cannot finish their event..
While 4 sports are showcased at Summer Games, Special Olympics Northern California offers sports training and competition opportunities in 14 different sports and serves 21,250 children and adults with intellectual disabilities who get to participate all year-round at no cost to them or their families.