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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.  

New Athletes


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. Unified Sports are offered to school-age children as part of Unified Champion Schools, or to all ages through our Special Olympics Nebraska Unified Sports.


To register an athlete for Special Olympics Nebraska, fill out our Athlete Interest Form.

Returning Athletes


If you are already a Special Olympics Nebraska athlete but your paperwork has expired, select the form that you are missing from the list below. Once the form is completed you can send it back via email, fax (402-331-5964) or US mail (9427 F St, Omaha, NE 68127).

(Please note the Consent & Athlete Code of Conduct are fillable forms)


If you are an athlete but have not competed for 3 or more years and want to be placed with a new team, or if you want to be re-connected with your old team, please fill out the form below. If you are a current athlete and want to be placed with a different team, please fill out the form below. Once the form is complete we will get back to you as soon as possible regarding your placement.



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


(402)331-5545 ext.18