Local Programs


Special Olympics Connecticut's (SOCT's) Local Programs are coordinated by volunteers and/or employees of a community, school or agency who wish to involve individuals with intellectual disabilities in Special Olympics sports training and competitions. Local Programs are managed by Local Coordinator(s) and are responsible for recruiting, registering and training all athletes who participate in Special Olympics.

All Local Programs must be accredited on an annual basis and must be in compliance with policies and procedures of Special Olympics Connecticut and Special Olympics, Inc. Only Special Olympics Connecticut can accredit a Local Program and Local Coordinator(s).

"Our Accredited Local Programs should be referred to as our SOCT Local Programs."

Accredited Local Programs can:

• Recruit and Train Athletes*: Recruit, train and register athletes to compete in local, state, national or world competitions. The training and competition occurs in 27 Official Sports spread out through four 12-week sports seasons.

• Recruit and Register Class A Volunteers*: Recruit Class A Volunteers to serve as Coaches and Unified Sports Partners. Recruit volunteers to serve on Local Program Sub-committees: Development, Coaches Training, Public Awareness and Families.

• Raise Funds: Raise funds in the name of Special Olympics Connecticut - local program name to support sports program related activities. This includes approved fundraising events and Penguin Plunge Collaborative Fundraisers. Also eligible to request Local Program Grants including the Susan Saint James, Eunice Murtha and Knights of Columbus Grants

• Access Centralized Local Finance Account: Manage a Local Program account via the Business Department at Special Olympics Connecticut headquarters.

• Use Logo: Permission to use official Special Olympics Connecticut logo on uniforms, stationery and banners.

• Receive Liability Insurance Coverage: Eligible to receive Special Olympics, Inc. Liability Insurance.

• Access Organization Information: Local Coordinator(s) and Seasonal Coaches invited to meetings/webinars and Leadership Summits. Placed on e-mail distribution list to receive monthly Special Olympics Connecticut newsletters and bi-monthly Local Program Reminder.

*Must have appropriate completed forms on file for participants. These forms include the Application for Participation Form, Release Form, Unified Sports Partner Release and Waiver Form, Class A Volunteer Registration Forms and Atlanta-axial Instability Form (for individuals with down syndrome who test positive for this condition) prior to the start of each sport season. These forms are available here.

For more information on how to start a Local Program, please contact Marc Mercadante at [email protected] or (203) 230-1201, ext. 249.