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Transformative Sports

Through our inclusive programs, athletes from ages 2-99 are able to participate in their favorite sports and recreational activities right in their neighborhoods, all year long. These transformative sports opportunities transcend mere physical activity, fostering a sense of belonging, empowerment, and a platform for self-expression.

Transformative Sports

Sports Is Where Everyone Has Abilities

The transformative power of sports to instill confidence, improve health and inspire a sense of competition is at the core of what Special Olympics Massachusetts does. We offer the highest quality Olympic-style sports training and competition for adults and children with intellectual disabilities and shift the focus from disability to ability. We see our athletes’ skill, applaud them for all they can do and push them to reach new heights.


Annual Participants


Annual Competitions

2 years-old

Youngest athlete

90 years-old

Oldest athlete


Our Athletes In Action

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Pro Sports Preview: 2024 PGA Championship

Special Olympics Massachusetts Golfer, Tyler Lagasse breaks down the field and previews the 2024 edition of the PGA Championship. Learn a bit of history and get a sense for what storylines may play out on the course.

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A talk with athlete Melissa Reilly and Olympic Figure Skater Michelle Kwan

On Tuesday April 2nd, Harvard Law School Project on Disability hosted a conversation with two decorated athletes, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Melissa Joy Reilly.

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Berkshire County Arc athlete oldest competitor at Senior Sports Classic

Some adults might consider their athletic careers over after their 20’s or 30’s, but Edward Therrien of Pittsfield is still competing as a Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete at the age of 80.

Transformative Sports Programs

Our programs are designed for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Competition leads to growth and the athletes are always looking to build their skills to meet and exceed their opponents. Competitive sports programming is available throughout Massachusetts in 23 sports at the local, regional and state level. Whether training to run the 100m dash or helping your basketball team win the league, you will find high quality competition with Special Olympics.

Competitive Sports

Through 23 sports and across all four seasons in every county of the state, athletes develop athletic skills, personal responsibility and leadership.

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Recreational Activities

Test the waters at Special Olympics Massachusetts with our various recreational sport and fitness opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a low-key program to stay active with and build lasting friendships or seeking a steppingstone before taking the deeper dive into competitive sports, we have something for you!

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Athlete Leadership

Take your involvement beyond the competition field with our Athlete Leadership program. Here, individuals receive comprehensive instruction and have opportunities to hold influential positions that allow them to share their experiences and spread the mission of inclusion in their communities.

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Young Athletes Program

Jump into an early introduction of Special Olympics through this fun sport and play program, where children stay active and establish healthy habits for the future—setting the stage for a life of physical activity, friendship, and learning

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