Become An Athlete

Special Olympics Tennessee (SOTN) offers sports training and competition in 17 Olympic style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Individuals eight years old and up can compete in local and state competitions. The Young Athletes program is available for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2-7.
How to Get Involved
Confirm you're eligible. Check out our athlete eligibility policy for more information.
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Find a Special Olympics Area Program near you and contact your Area Director to start training!
Participation in Special Olympics Tennessee requires athletes to obtain a physical from a medical professional and fill out the forms every three years.
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Visit our athletes resource page for more information.
Additional Programs
Good health is necessary to achieve a high standard of living and good quality of life; however, all too often, Tennessee athletes encounter challenges in accessing the high quality and compassionate health care they need. By promoting Inclusive Health values, Special Olympics Tennessee is working hard to improve health outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities so Tennessee athletes can live their healthiest lives and achieve their highest potential both on and off the field.
Young Athletes is a unique sport and play program for children ages 2 to 7 with intellectual disabilities. Learn more here.
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If we want a more inclusive organization and accepting world, Special Olympics athletes must be allowed to contribute to the mission and help drive the movement forward.
One of the most powerful ways we achieve this is through Athlete Leadership, which creates opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to develop and demonstrate their abilities in leadership roles within the organization and their communities.