Sports + Schools
Special Olympics Oregon offers 14 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities across Oregon. Like other athletes, our participants love to train, compete and do their best, whether they win or lose. We support them with Local Program training, regional and state competitions, school-based resources and more.
If you’ve ever been an athlete, parented one or even cheered for your favorite team, you know all about the emotions, stakes and lessons of competitive sports. To uphold the integrity of sport, we adhere to official rules and regulations.
Where Sport Means More
Why do we believe in sports so strongly? Because what our athletes learn and develop through training and competition directly benefits their everyday lives, from physical fitness to social skills and self-esteem.
Special Olympics Oregon holds year-round athletic events in every region of the state, providing athletes the opportunity to train and compete during three sport seasons. In all sports, athletes train intensely for eight weeks in their local communities prior to competition.
(December – March)
Cross Country Skiing
(April – July)
Athletics (Track & Field)
(August – November)
Learn more about our Sports + Schools:
Training + Competition
Compete against other athletes from across Oregon.
Join a sports program that unites athletes and partners.
Unified Champion Schools
Build greater inclusion and acceptance in your school.
Games Presented by Nike
Celebrate athletes and introduce new families to us.
Get resources to stay active throughout the year.
Find the Local Program near you
Whether you are an athlete wanting to start competing or a community member looking to become a coach, get involved as a Unified partner, or simply looking for ways to connect with the Special Olympics Oregon program near you, it all starts here.
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
— Special Olympics Athlete Oath