Become an Athlete

Our athletes are at the heart of everything we do.  Special Olympics District of Columbia offers year-round sports training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

By joining Special Olympics an athlete can meet new friends and experience great rewards in achieving their personal best. We offer youth and adult, traditional and unified sports for all ages and levels of ability.

Please note that all youth programs are only through the school during the day: no afterschool or weekend programs are available at this time.

Young Athletes Program

(ages 2-7)

October, December and March – see Young Athletes page for more information.

Traditional & Unified Youth Programs during the school day

(ages 8-21)

Fall Season: September – November

  • Golf
  • Unified & Traditional Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Unified Flag Football

Winter Season: December – February

  • Speed Skating
  • Bowling
  • Traditional & Unified Bocce

Spring Season: March – May

  • Traditional & Unified Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Traditonal & Unified Track & Field
  • Traditional & Unified Bocce

Summer Season: June – August

  • Traditional Bocce
  • Unified Soccer (evening)

Traditional & Unified Adult Programs

(ages 22+)

Fall Season: September – November

  • Golf (day)
  • Tennis (day)
  • Unified Bocce (evening)


Winter Season: December – February

  • Bowling (weekday & Sunday)
  • Unified Basketball (evening


Spring Season: March – May

  • Soccer (day)
  • Unified Volleyball (evening)
  • Track & Field (day)
  • Unified Flag Football (evening)

Summer Season: June – August

  • Unified Tennis (evening)

For more information, please call the Special Olympics DC office or complete the Athlete Interest Form below and a staff member will contact you:

Learn more about how to become an athlete in Washington, D.C.

To become a Special Olympics DC athlete, you will need to complete and submit two forms:

  1. The Athlete Release Form – download here.
  2. The Athlete Medical Form – download here.

The medical form is only valid with all signatures completed; must be signed by a licensed medical professional. The form remains valid for three years.

Send completed forms to one of the following:


Special Olympics DC
Attn: Sports Department
415 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20017

A member of our team will be in contact within two weeks from the time we receive both forms to get you started

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