Be a fan of inclusion. Become a Special Olympics Athlete.
An athlete must be at least eight years old and be identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability. To be eligible to train and compete, each athlete must have a current Application for Participation on file with the program. This form, also called the medical form, must be signed by a physician (MD or DO), physician's assistant (PA) or certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) and is valid for three years. Participation in Special Olympics is free for every athlete.
The benefits to the athletes go beyond the sports. The athletes have opportunities to make new friends, enjoy new experiences, develop confidence and know the pride of accomplishment.
Send the completed Application for Participation to:
Special Olympics York County
1479 KBS Road
Spring Grove, PA 17362
The Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities designed to introduce them to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility at age eight. The goals of Young Athletes are to:
• Engage children through developmentally appropriate play activities designed to foster
physical, cognitive, and social development
• Welcome family members to the Special Olympics network of support
• Raise awareness through inclusive peer participation, demonstrations, and other
For more information about the Young Athletes Program, contact Robin Keefover
Be a fan of community. Become a Special Olympics Volunteer.
Special Olympics York County is organized and run entirely by volunteers. Volunteers are business people, teachers, medical professionals, family members, retired persons and high school and college students. Their contribution may vary from several hours a week for a sports season or several hours a month throughout the year or several hours once a year at a competition. The thread that ties them together is the commitment to work with Special Olympics athletes. They may serve as coaches, assistant coaches, event organizers, fund raisers or coordinators with various responsibilities. New volunteers are always welcome. The benefits include the satisfaction in helping athletes improve their skills and their self-image.
If you would like to volunteer for Special Olympics York County please click on the following link to register: Special Olympics Pennsylvania - Volunteer