Special Olympics Oregon is serving more than 12,000 participants with intellectual disabilities every day, every month, every year through participation in 14 Olympic-type sports over three different sports seasons. Through our signature sports programs, athletes gain self-confidence, social competency and other enhanced skills, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Each athlete/team is placed in a competitive division based on gender, age and ability matching.  The age minimum for participation is 8 years old.  There is no age maximum.


  • Athletics  (Track & Field)
  • Bocce
  • Golf
  • Softball


  • Aquatics
  • Bowling
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball


  • Indoor Sports
    • Basketball
    • Powerlifting
  • Snow Sports
    • Alpine Skiing
    • Cross-Country Skiing
    • Snowboarding
    • Snowshoeing 


Special Olympics Oregon Teaches Tools for Life

Eric Thompson, Jackson County athlete: Learning and growing thanks to the social value of Special Olympics sports and related activities.

“Eric loves a party, loves to be around people, but has a hard time with new people. Special Olympics has been a lifelong support for us and opens up a whole new network of people for Eric,” Eric’s mother, Kirsten


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