“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” – Athlete Oath
Through Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN) programming, more than 8,200 people with intellectual disabilities showcase their skills to their peers, their communities and the world. In braving their attempts, they gain new experiences and become confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They also create lifelong bonds with fellow athletes, volunteers and people in their communities.
Become an Athlete
SOMN welcomes people of all ages both with and without intellectual disabilities. Whether traditional athlete, Unified Partner or Young Athlete, SOMN creates an accepting and inclusive environment for everyone!
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions:
- intellectual disability;
- cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures such as intelligence quotient or other accepted measures;
- or a closely related developmental disability which means functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.
Special Olympics Unified Sports® combine athletes with and without disabilities (Unified Partner) on the same team. Are you ready to “play Unified, live Unified?”
A Young Athlete is a child ages 2-7 years of age with or without an intellectual disability who takes part in a sports based skills program Young Athletes Program™. Learn more about or find a Young Athletes Program near you.