About Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT)
SOCT provides year-round sports training and competitions for over 10,000 athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Sports® partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities who are the athletes’ teammates).
Special Olympics is 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 across the state and around the world.
We are dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle by offering free health screenings at events, and providing participants with the education and resources to improve their sports performance and enhance their overall health and fitness.
There are opportunities for everyone to be part of SOCT and enjoy a meaningful and rewarding experience - as an athlete, Unified Sports® partner, coach, volunteer, supporter or fan.
Special Olympics – in Connecticut and around the world - is about revealing the champion in all of us
Where is Special Olympics?
Special Olympics is headquartered at 1133 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., U.S. 20036. However, we have many locations throughout the U.S. and around the globe. Click here to find your nearest Special Olympics location!
Where can I find the SOCT headquarters?
SOCT headquarters is located at 2666 State St #1, Hamden, CT 06517.
What is the impact of Special Olympics?
Special Olympics is empowering athletes with intellectual disabilities to be leaders in society by providing them opportunities to learn skills that transcend the playing field. Our athletes hold jobs, go to school and are active members in their communities. Our athletes constantly inspire others to accept and acknowledge talent and potential. Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them the opportunity to inspire change, courage, confidence, and joy in what they do.
How to get a job at SOCT?
SOCT offers an energetic, meaningful and engaging work environment, along with a competitive salary and benefits. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, SOCT provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, veteran status, national origin, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state or local law.
SOCT also offers unpaid internships in our Hamden office for academic credit or work experience.We have internship opportunities in sports management, special event planning, development, public relations and marketing. Schedules and hours are flexible, and interns gain hands-on experience developing, planning, organizing, and managing sports competitions and fundraising events.
Learn more about available job opportunities by visiting our website to apply.
What local towns are affiliated with SOCT?
SOCT has local programs available in the following counties:
- Fairfield County
- Hartford County
- Litchfield County
- Middlesex County
- New Haven County
- New London County
- Tolland County
- Windham County
SOCT is also associated with the towns of Cheshire, Prospect, and Southington.
Take a look at our local programs to learn more about which is nearest to you!
How can I support the efforts of SOCT?
The success of SOCT is because of the support we receive from people throughout our Connecticut community. From small businesses to large corporate sponsors and thousands of individual donors as well as knowledgeable philanthropic supporters, SOCT relies on your generosity to ensure that everyone has the chance to reveal the champion within.
Support SOCT...reveal the champion within YOU!
Explore our ways to give to discover which support opportunity is best suited for you.
What opportunities are available for me to get involved with SOCT?
All are invited to get involved! Participate as an athlete, Unified Sports® partner, coach, volunteer, supporter or fan!
Special Olympics is about revealing the champion in all of us.
Is there a financial obligation to become a member of SOCT?
Special Olympics is grateful for any and all individuals who choose to participate in our programs, therefore we will never request a payment of any kind on your behalf.
Where can I keep up to date with future events and happenings?
To stay in the know about all current and future Special Olympics events scheduled, visit our events page so you never miss out on an opportunity to participate!
Where does my donation go towards assisting in the efforts of SOCT?
With your support, Special Olympics can transform lives through the joy of sport, each and every day.
Every day we empower athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life. But for every inspiring Special Olympics athlete in Connecticut, there are 14 more people waiting for their chance –– and so many more around the world.
What does your generous donation support?
- Sports & Games - SOCT serves over 10,000 athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Sports® partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities who are the athletes’ teammates) and offers Olympic-style individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities.
- Inclusive Health - Over the past two decades, Special Olympics has improved the health of people with ID around the world by collaborating with our athletes, health care providers, community organizations, universities, and governments.
- Unified Schools - Students of all abilities have the power to positively impact their school communities by promoting social inclusion. Special Olympics Unified Schools empowers youth and educators to be leaders of change.
How does SOCT benefit the lives of those who participate?
From fostering meaningful relationships to gaining physical fitness through exciting programs, there is no limit to the benefits that come with being a Special Olympics member.
- Through sports, our athletes are realizing their abilities.
- Their world is opened with acceptance and understanding.
- They become confident and empowered as a result of their accomplishments.