To be eligible
to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must be at
least 8 years old and identified by an agency or
professional as having one of the following conditions:
intellectual disability; a cognitive delay as determined by
standardized measures such as intelligence quotient or other
generally accepted measures; or a closely related
development disability, i.e., functional limitations in both
general learning and adaptive skills. There is no cost to
participate in Special Olympics.
If you are a person with a intellectual disability (or the
parent of a child with an intellectual disability) and would
like to enroll yourself (or your child) to develop
athleticism, build courage, make friends, experience
teamwork and delight in your (their) accomplishments, then
please contact Special Olympics Greater Memphis.
Best of all, Special Olympics is FREE to eligible people
wishing to participate! The financial and in-kind support of
sponsors, donors, and families make it possible for Special
Olympics athletes to never be charged a fee to compete!
Messengers are Special Olympics athletes who help spread the
message and vision of the movement as well as the benefits
they have gained by participating in Special Olympics. As
leaders and message-bearers of the movement, Global
Messengers communicate the powerful declarations of hope,
acceptance, dignity and courage of Special Olympics athletes
around the world. Only athletes can effectively relate the
impact that the movement has had on their lives and the
lives of their families.
To become a Global Messenger in our Athlete Leadership
Program you must have a desire to serve in meaningful
leadership roles other than or in addition to that of a
If you would like more information about joining this
exciting outreach program please contact Special Olympics
Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that combines
approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and
athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners)
on sports teams for training and competition.
Throughout the year, in a variety of sports ranging from
basketball and soccer, to golf and bowling, Unified athletes
build their bodies, sharpen their skills, challenge
themselves through competition and have fun too. Its a
physical workout that builds friendship, character,
leadership and inspires greatness in all who participate.
Unified Sports programs include: golf, softball, bowling,
soccer, basketball, volleyball and bocce.
If would like more information on how you can assist in
breaking down the barriers that historically have kept
people with and without developmental disabilities apart,
then please contact Special Olympics Greater Memphis.
Click here to download the Unified Partner form.
must complete and submit the following forms for every
program in which they participate.
Application to Participate/
Unified Partner Form
Release Form for Individuals
Syndrome participating in designated sports)