With sports at the core, Special Olympics is a leader in the field of intellectual disability and is the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics movement will transform communities by inspiring people to open their minds, accept and include people with intellectual disabilities and thereby celebrate the similarities common to all people.
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and successes. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment – on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and around the world to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.
It takes more than one person, one group of people or one organization to change the world. It takes athletes, volunteers, families, sponsors, donors, coaches and the community – those who are willing to accept individuals with intellectual disabilities and to celebrate the gifts and skills of all people.
The Special Olympics Utah website is your avenue to become an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities who want to compete in sports and competition. YOU can join this movement to change our world and create a place of acceptance and inclusion for all people.
Get Involved as a Head of Delegation (HOD).
HOD’s provide leadership, communication, training and administrative support to the athletes and coaches within regional/area delegations (delegations are divided into teams which consists of athletes who train and compete in their chosen sports). As a HOD, you teach the skills and instill the spirit that defines a true athlete; serving as role models and character builders while helping athletes and coaches identify and develop their own strengths and abilities. Working closely with Special Olympics Utah staff, you ensure that the athletes and coaches experience the athletic, physical, cultural, and social benefits of participating in sport competitions and invitationals. Special Olympics Utah will provide sports training through our HOD and Coaches Education program for those interested leading a delegation.
The return on leading a delegation is priceless. You become more than a teacher, mentor, and role model, you become trusted friends to our athletes and their families, and help create a community of inclusion.
Get Involved as a Coach.
Coaches are the key to a successful sports experience for the Special Olympics Utah athlete. As a coach, you work closely with your Head of Delegation (HOD) to teach sports skills, model good sportsmanship, and build character. You give athletes the most immediate awareness of their self-worth, ability, courage, and capacity to grow and improve both on the playing field and off. The lessons our athletes learn through sports – teamwork, self-discipline, goal setting, appropriate socialization skills – carry over into their everyday lives, making them more productive and respected members of society.
Get Involved as an Athlete.
Special Olympics Utah athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities who are like other athletes – they love to train, compete and do their best, whether they win or lose. All the programs offered in Utah provide athletes with the chance to develop physical fitness, sports skills, social skills and self-esteem. By joining Special Olympics an athlete can meet new friends and experience great rewards in achieving the best that they can. Having fun, developing skills and building self-esteem is the life of a Special Olympics athlete. No matter the person’s age or skill level, Special Olympics Utah has something for every person with intellectual disabilities.