BECOME AN ATHLETE
All prospective athletes must register to participate in Special Olympics. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics.
Eligibility to Participate in Special Olympics Persons are eligible for Special Olympics competition provided they are:
1. at least eight years of age,
2. have been identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions:
* an intellectual disability (mental retardation), or
* a cognitive delay, as determined by standardized measures, or
* a closely related developmental disability, which means having functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills, and
3. registered to participate in Special Olympics.
Persons whose functional limitations are based solely on physical, behavioral, or emotional disability or a specific learning or sensory disability are not eligible to participate as Special Olympics athletes.
There is no maximum age limitation for participating in Special Olympics.
(Click on registration form below)
Complete the Official Special Olympics Combined Athlete Release and Participation Form as well as sign the Athletes Code of Conduct.
A Parent or Guardian must sign the “Release Form” for minor athletes. Adult athletes may sign the “Release Form” themselves. This form represents that the athlete is physically and mentally able to participate in Special Olympics activities. It also authorizes emergency medical treatment and gives permission for Special Olympics to use the athlete's likeness, name, voice or words for media, promotional and fundraising purposes.
Section A “Athlete Health Information.
Section A includes emergency contact information and health history. Every three years a new Section A is filed with the Special Olympics. Section A requires a physical examination performed by a licensed medical professional every three years.
Section B “Medical Certification”.
A physician must sign Section B to certify that the athlete is able to participate in Special Olympic activities. Many physicians will perform the necessary examination free or at a reduced cost when asked to do so for Special Olympics. A Public Health agency may perform this service when asked.
Completed forms should be returned to a Coach or the Local Coordinator or mailed to:
Special Olympics New Hanover County
c/o Tiffany Lesley
302 Willard Street
PO Box 1810
Wilmington, NC 28402-1810
Signing up for a Sport
Once a registration form has been submitted then the next step is to select and sign up for a sport. Contact Tiffany Lesley to sign up..