Offering Olympic-Style Sports Year-Round

Our athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities from across the state who are finding success, joy and friendship as part of our local community. There are 74 Local Programs throughout Connecticut, which offer year-round training, education, and guidance in a variety of Olympic-style, seasonal sports.

Sports Training and Competitions for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities

  • Our athletes are given the opportunity to showcase their abilities through sports. 
  • They train and compete with other athletes of varying levels of skills and abilities, encouraging acceptance, teamwork, and inclusion.
  • Through every competition and tournament, our athletes build confidence in themselves and their abilities.
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The Athlete’s Commitment

Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) and their commitment embodies what it means to be a champion. After completing and submitting the required forms, eligible athletes will be matched with a Local Program, where they will begin training with their fellow athletes in preparation for upcoming competitions. 
Athletes must train for eight weeks to qualify for their first competition or tournament. During their time with SOCT, all athletes must adhere to the Athletes Code of Conduct.
Please refer to our Eligibility Statement and Athletes Code of Conduct to find out more.

Programs for Young Athletes®

The Young Athletes® program is an early childhood sports program for children between the ages of 2 and 7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Early on, children are exposed to fundamental skills like teamwork, taking turns and sharing in an inclusive environment. 
School-aged children with intellectual disabilities may participate in our Special Olympics Unified Sports® In Schools program, where they will train and compete in sports alongside athletes their age without intellectual disabilities.


How to Become An SOCT Athlete

Getting Started

Parents or guardians of individuals with intellectual disabilities who are interested in becoming an SOCT athlete can help them get started by filling out the forms below. The completed Medical Form and Release Form may be emailed to or mailed to: 

Attn: Emily Pitney | Special Olympics Connecticut, 2666 State Street, Suite 1, Hamden, CT 06517

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What's Next?

Upon receipt of these completed forms, SOCT will forward the information to an appropriate Local Program. Within two to three weeks, you will be contacted by a Local Coordinator and receive information regarding practices and upcoming events.

Become and SOCT athlete and reveal the champion inside.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like additional information about becoming an SOCT athlete, please fill out our form below or contact Emily Pitney at

I am interested in becoming an athlete (*Required Fields)

I am 18+ Years Old*

Parent/Guardian Information (*Required Fields)

Special Olympics Connecticut partners with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to offer Unified Sports® and Young Athletes™ in numerous schools across Connecticut. Unified Sports® brings school aged athletes with and without intellectual disabilities together to play sports, gain physical fitness and develop friendships. Students in pre-school through Grade 2 participate in the Young Athletes™ program, which complements the gross motor skills taught in Connecticut’s schools. For a complete description of these programs please visit the Unified Sports® School Based Programs under Sports and Fitness on our website.