Become an Athlete

Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics Connecticut. Our athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities from all across the state. They are finding success, joy and friendship as part of our community. Through sports, our athletes are realizing their abilities, not disabilities. Their world is opened with acceptance and understanding. They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments.

We offer 27 Olympic-style sports in four seasons and four major competitions for athletes statewide. These games include the Winter Games, Summer Games, the Fall Sports Festival and Holiday Sports Classic, among other events. For athletes ages 2-7, Special Olympics Connecticut partners with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to offer the Young Athletes Program. In addition, school-aged children with an intellectual disability may also participate in the Special Olympics Unified Sports® School Program.

Please refer to our Eligibility Statement and Athletes Code of Conduct to find out more.
To find a Special Olympics Local Program in or near your town, please view our Local Program profiles (organized by county) here.

Getting started:

A parent or guardian must complete the following forms:

Upon receipt of these completed forms, Special Olympics Connecticut will refer the athlete information to an appropriate local program. Within 2-3 weeks you will be contacted by a Local Coordinator and receive the necessary information regarding practice and upcoming events.

All forms may be emailed to or mailed to Special Olympics Connecticut, 2666 State Street, Suite 1, Hamden, CT 06517, Attn: Sue Mohr.