Sports

Special Olympics New York offers year-round training and competition in 22 Olympic-style sports. Training clubs can be found in schools, service agencies and community recreation centers throughout the state.

Success in sports leads to success in life. Athletes build athletic skills and character traits that help them both on and off the field. Special Olympics offers athletes the opportunity to showcase their talents and to change the negatives stereotypes and misconceptions about people with intellectual abilities.

SEASONAL SPORTS OVERVIEW

SUMMER SPORTS
The summer training season usually begins in March. Local and regional competitions take place in mid-May. Super regional competitions take place in late May and the season ends in early June with State Summer Games.

  • Aquatics*
  • Athletics
  • Basketball Team & Skills
  • Bowling (under 21)
  • Gymnastics*
  • Powerlifting*
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball Team & Skills

FALL SPORTS
The fall training season usually begins in late July. Local and regional competitions take place in mid-September. Super regional competitions take place in September and the season ends in early October with State Fall Games.

  • Bocce
  • Bowling (over 22)
  • Cross Country Running
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian*
  • Golf
  • Roller Skating
  • Soccer Team & Skills
  • Softball Team and Skills

WINTER SPORTS
The winter training season usually begins late November/early December. Local and regional competitions take place in Mid January. Super regional competitions take place in late January and the season ends in February with State Winter Games.

  • Alpine Skiing*
  • Figure Skating
  • Floor Hockey Team & Skills
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Speed Skating

*Coaches who train athletes in these sports have sports-specific training and extensive experience in the sport.

Athlete Sport Selection

Athletes choose, from the local sports available, those sports in which they will train and compete. An athlete who joins an existing local program may choose one sport each season. As athletes become more skilled in a sport, Special Olympics encourages them to move into school and community programs where they can compete in regular sports activities. The decision to leave or continue involvement in Special Olympics is the athlete’s choice.