competitive sports


A tried-and-true method of introducing individuals with intellectual disabilities to the benefits of sports. Many athletes and parents are comforted to know this is a place just for them.  


A place for you to be you

Athletic training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities is in our DNA. While Unified Sports is on the rise, we are still here for Special Olympics Athletes who want to compete in the traditional sports model, built specifically for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

With high-quality coaching, training, and competitions, Special Olympics sports offer a lifetime of activity and social engagement for the disability community. Show the world what you have in team and individual sports from athletics to volleyball!  


Athletes Competing in Traditional Special Olympics Sports


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Resources and Stories

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Stronger Together: Beth and Gina Donahue's Fitness Journey as a Mother-Daughter duo

Beth Donahue and her mom Gina bond through fitness, starting with Zumba and now being certified instructors, they lead inclusive fitness sessions for Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes, promoting health and unity.

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Meet the 2024 Hall of Fame Class: Carolyn Wojcik

Carolyn, beacon of positivity in Special Olympics MA, shines with warmth and resilience. From local to national competitions, her profound impact and unwavering dedication to inclusion led to her Hall of Fame induction.

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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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