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Become an Athlete

Special Olympics provides sports training and competition opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our athletes are like any other athlete, they like to train, compete and win or lose, they always try their best. The confidence and self-esteem they gain on the playing field carries over onto the playing field of life, helping to make them contributing members of their community.  



To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must have an intellectual disability; a cognitive delay, or a developmental disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. Athletes can train as early as 6 years old but are not able to compete at the state level until the age of 8 with no maximum age limitation for participation.

Children with intellectual disabilities ages 3-7 can take part in the Young Athletes Program, an innovative sports play program. People without intellectual disabilities can take part in Unified Sports, that combine people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.

To register an athlete for Special Olympics Nebraska, fill out our Athlete Registration Form and Special Olympics Medical.



Athlete Medical

All athletes are required to have a medical that is signed and dated by a medical professional. Medicals need to be renewed every 3 years to maintain an active athlete status. Once the medical is complete you can attach it to the form above, send it to your coach if you have team, or send it to




If you have any questions about athlete paperwork for new or returning athletes, reach out to us today.