About Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT)

Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for over 14,000 athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities who are the athletes’ teammates).

In addition to its traditional sports programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, the Special Olympics Unified Sports® program brings athletes with and without intellectual disabilities together to play sports, gain physical fitness and develop friendships. Special Olympics Unified Sports® is offered in communities across the state, for individuals of all ages.

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is also offered in over 190 schools across the state, through Special Olympics Connecticut’s partnership with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). The program provides students at every level – from pre-school through high school - opportunities to play sports together and help create a more positive and inclusive school climate.

Connecticut athletes also have opportunities to compete globally - at Special Olympics’ USA and World Games.

Special Olympics are sports and so much more. It is a movement that transforms lives by inspiring inclusion, understanding and respect for people of all abilities, both on the playing field and in communities throughout the state.

Special Olympics also promotes a healthy lifestyle by offering free health screenings at events, and providing participants with the education and resources to gain self-esteem and develop life-changing athletic and social skills and a healthy lifestyle.

There are opportunities for everyone to be part of Special Olympics Connecticut - as an athlete, Unified partner, coach, volunteer, supporter or fan for a meaningful and rewarding experience.

Special Olympics – in Connecticut and around the world - is about revealing the champion in all of us.