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High Desert

Welcome to the High Desert Local Program page.

Contact High Desert

Phone: 541.749.6517

Mail:    Special Olympic Oregon - High Desert
            PO Box 6772
            Bend, OR 97708

Facebook: High Desert Special Olympics

Become an Athlete!

A valid "Application for Participation" (athlete medical) is required to be on file before any athlete can participate in any Special Olympics Oregon event, practice, or competition. Click the below "Medical Form" link to access and print the forms. Once all four pages have been fully completed, keep a copy for your records and return the originals to High Desert via email or standard mail at the address listed above. A new medical form must be completed every three years.

Become A Volunteer

All volunteers who have close contact with athletes or who handle the financial assets of Special Olympics Oregon must complete a Class A volunteer application. This includes coaches, chaperones, Unified Partners and Local Program Management members. Volunteers need to complete the Class A Volunteer process which includes an online application, background check and online trainings.

Click on the link below to complete the application process and trainings.  The system will automatically guide you through the appropriate modules for adults and minors.

Local Program Sports & Events

Winter registrations are officially closed at this time. The next sport options will be for the  summer season and will be posted on this webpage as well as our Facebook page during the spring.

IMPORTANT! If you are new to Special Olympics and have not yet completed a medical "Application for Participation" (or haven't done so in the last 3 years), please be aware that one is required to be on file with us BEFORE you will be eligible to participate in ANY sport activities. For winter sports, the deadline to have a completed medical turned into us is also on December 31st, 2023. Click HERE to get the printable medical application (it's also available under "Become an Athlete" towards the top of this page). Once it has been fully completed, return it to us via email (recommended and the fastest option!), or keep a copy for your records then mail us the original. You may also request the application be emailed or mailed to you by contacting us via phone or email. All contact options are listed at the top of this page.

As always, keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for opportunities on how you can get involved!

If you're mailing address, phone number, or email address have changed, please email us at with your full name and any new contact information or changes that need to be updated.

Your Local Program Team

Colleen Mitchel - Sports Manager

Michelle Eaton - Medical Manager & Registrations Manager

Joe Adam - Finance Manager

Carolyn Goff & Karin Morris - Community Outreach

Angela Schmidling - Volunteer Coordinator

SOOR Active

In addition to our in-person sports training and competitions, you can stay engaged by joining our SOOR Active Facebook group.  SOOR Active is an athlete-driven At Home Fitness Community focused on health and wellness resources for the Special Olympics Oregon community.  Click here to join our SOOR Active community today!