Register Your Program
- Traditional – This program is for youth and adults with Intellectual disabilities or closely related cognitive disabilities only.
- Unified – This program is for youth and adults with and without Intellectual disabilities or closely related cognitive disabilities only.
Every school calendar year delegations have to complete the registration steps to register and remain eligible to participate throughout the year. Delegations are organisations (schools, adult programs (residential, or day treatment), community programs, etc) that want to participate in Special Olympics.
An accreditation is the annual registration for a delegation. In the accreditation, delegations fill out the following:
- Program information (name, address, phone, etc.)
- Head of Delegation and Assistant Head of Delegation information
- General description of program and the individuals that will receive services
- Description of any staff, volunteers and family members that will be involved
- Sport and/or fitness options participating in for the year
- Unified Champion Schools (UCS) will indicate the specific pillars of the Unified program they intend to participate in for the upcoming school year (Unified Sports,
- Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement).
- Lastly, the signature page must be signed and dated by the Head of Delegation and the Principal or Director of the organization.
For Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Only
A Special Olympics athlete refers to an individual with intellectual disabilities who participates in Special Olympics. 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 the Special Olympics an athlete can meet new friends and experience great rewards in achieving their personal best. We offer traditional and unified sports for all ages and levels of ability.
Below are the 3 easy steps to becoming an athlete
1. Complete a Special Olympic Athlete Medical: Every athlete must have a Special Olympic Medical on file, signed by a doctor.
- Special Olympics must use the Special Olympics medical form. Exceptionally this year (due to distance learning and COVID-19 challenges) we can accept the DCPS school form (Universal Health Certificate), with the box checked “yes” in Part 4: “This child is cleared for competitive sports. However, the Special Olympics Medical form is strongly preferred and should be submitted if possible.
2. Complete a Virtual Athlete Form
3. Complete the Covid-19 Participation Code of Conduct Form: this form is required for all in-person activities, practices or games
Unified Partner Form
For Individual without Intellectual Disabilities Only
A Unified Partner refers to an individual without intellectual disabilities who participates in Special Olympics Unified Sports®. Special Olympics Unified Sport® brings together people with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and those without disabilities (partners) to train and compete on the same team. Partners improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills and learn acceptance and inclusion while participating in Unified Sports, form friendships and build inclusion in their schools.
Below are the 3 easy steps to becoming a Unified Partner
1. Complete a Special Olympic Unified Partner form
2. Complete a Virtual Athlete Form
3. Complete the Covid-19 Participation Code of Conduct form: this form is required for all in-person activities, practices or games
Intent Declaration Form
An Intent Declaration Form is a form that alphabetically lists all the athletes and unified partners a delegation intends to participate in a particular sport or season. This form is used by Special Olympics DC to determine the equipment, coaches and transportation needs for training, qualification and championships.
Young Athlete Program (applicable if athletes are ages 2-7)
Coaches Registration and Certification
Please click here to be taken to the Coaches Registration page.