Our Sports Programs
Special Olympics athletes train year-round to compete in a variety of local, area, state, national and world competitions.
Eight (8) state competitions per year highlight this seasonal schedule. Every two (2) years Special Olympics Indiana sends a well-trained team to compete in the Special Olympics World Games. These World events alternate between winter and summer sports. In addition, every four years Team Indiana competes in the USA National Games.
Special Olympics Indiana – Huntington County offers year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 7 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching more than 90 athletes across the county. Sports that our program participates in include:
Special Olympics Indiana holds competitions in over 20 sports. Athletes can compete at a variety of levels that accommodate their abilities. In addition, peers without an intellectual disability can train and compete with athletes in the Special Olympics Unified Sports® program, which brings together athletes with and without disabilities of similar age and athletic ability to train and compete on the same sports teams.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender. In every division, all athletes receive an award from gold, silver, and bronze medals, to fourth to eight place ribbons. The idea of equal ability groupings is the foundation for the competition in Special Olympics. All athletes are given an equal chance to participate, perform, and be recognized for doing their best by their teammates, family, friends, and fans