I believe Special Olympics has helped me with opening up to other people, taught me the value of teamwork, and gave me the chance to show that I can play athletic activities. Thank you for giving me a sense of belonging.– Special Olympics Hawaii Athlete
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, you must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction. Athletes can begin training at the age of 6 and can compete in Future Stars divisions.
Our Future Stars program is for those athletes that are 6 and 7 years old who want to become a part of a team. They will train and participate in Area and State events in track and field, softball, soccer, and basketball. Future Star athletes are required to fill out the Special Olympics Registration, Medical and Release forms listed below.
For those younger than 8, the Special Olympics Young Athletes™ program was created for children with and without intellectual disabilities ages 2 through 7. See Initiatives for more information and the registration form
All persons wishing to become an athlete in Special Olympics Hawaii must register with their Area Director.
The registration process begins by the athlete/parent/guardian completing an Application for Participation.
This includes the following forms, which can be found at the bottom of the page:
1. Athlete Registration Form
This information sheet must always be filled out and submitted with the Athlete Medical Form.
2. Athlete Medical Form
Athletes must have a medical professional sign this application. Medicals are valid for three (3) years. If registering an individual with Down Syndrome an additional page must be completed. This is to ensure Special Olympics that the athlete does not have atlanto-axial instability and may compete in all sports. When completed please give to your Head of Delegation and/or Area Director.
3. Athlete Release Form
A Release Form must be completed by athlete/parent/guardian and submitted to the Head of Delegation or Area Director. This release is good for a lifetime.
4. Athlete Code of Conduct
Athletes are expected to follow directions and have good behavior both on and off the field as well as put forth their best effort at practices and competitions. The Athlete Code of Conduct is signed by both the athlete and their legal guardian ensuring that our guidelines are understood. Code of Conducts will be submitted to your Head of Delegation or Coach.
All other individuals that are eight years old and older are eligible to be Unified Partners and may train and compete in the Special Olympics Unified Sports® program.
An individual over the age of 18 must complete the Adult Unified Sports® Partner Form and Athlete/Partner Code of Conduct. The application must be submitted to the Head of Delegation/Area Director in order for the partner to begin training. This form is valid for three (3) years. A unified partner must also view the General Orientation and Protective Behavior videos to complete the Class A certification that is needed for all Unified Partners to participate in Special Olympics.
Unified Partners under the age of 18 must complete the Youth Unified Sports Partner Form and Athlete/Partner Code of Conduct. This form must be given to your Head of Delegation/Area Director before you can begin training.
For more questions or to find a team close to you contact your area director.