Become an Athlete

We are so excited you or a family member wants to become an athlete with Special Olympics Utah!

This is how to get started:

One:   The athlete must be eight years of age or older (a person never ages out of Special Olympics!)

Two:  Review and complete the  Athlete Registration Form 

Three:   There must be a visit to a medical professional, and the athlete medical form completed and signed by the medical professional  See Athlete Medical Form

Please take time to review the  Athlete Medical Form before scheduling an appointment with your medical provider.   It is important to know what questions the medical provider will be asked to answer.  The medical provider will be asked to verify the potential athlete has an intellectual disability.  An individual has an intellectual disability when three criteria are met:  (1) IQ is below 70-75, (2) There are significant limitations in two or more adaptive areas (skills that are needed to live, work, and play in the community, such as communication or self-care), and (3) The condition manifests itself before the age of 18.[1]   An intellectual disability is the most common developmental disability and includes Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Apert Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Prader-Willi, Phenylketonuria (PKU), Cerebral Palsy and a severe head injury, infection or stroke if manifested before the age of 18.   [1] Based on the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Four:      Return the completed athlete registration form, and athlete medical form in one of the following ways:

  1. Email to and in the subject line say FORMS FOR NEW ATHLETE.
  2. Fax to Special Olympics Utah    FAX  801-363-1524
  3. Mail to  Special Olympics Utah, 1400 So. Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108


  • Upon submission, please keep an original copy of all forms for yourself.  You will need to provide your HOD or Head Coach of the team with a copy of the athlete registration forms and medical forms for their records,
  • Please include all your CURRENT contact information so we can reach you with any questions.   
  • A Sports Program member will contact you about how to find a team to join, or how to be an independent athlete.    Thank you!
Sport & Competitions:  

Training and State Competitions offered in the following sports: Basketball, Athletics (Track & Field), Softball, Swimming, Bocce, Golf, and Soccer.

  • January/February/March:  Basketball Season
    • Training begins mid January (8-10 weeks prior to competition)
    • Area Games (division qualifiers for State Competition) held in February
    • Basketball State Competition held in March
      • Competitions will be held in:
        • 5 on 5 (traditional and unified play)
        • 3 on 3 (traditional only)
        • Skills and  Motor Activities Program Training (MATP)
  • April, May, June:   Summer Games Season
    • Training begins mid April (8-10 weeks prior to competition)
    • Area Games (division qualifiers for State Competitions) held in late April & early May
    • Summer Games State Competitions held in June
      • Competitions will be held in:
        • Athletics (Track and Field) (traditional and unified play)
        • Softball (traditional and unified play)
        • Swimming (traditional and unified play)
        • Skills and  Motor Activities Program Training (MATP)
  • August, September, October:  Fall Games Season
    • Training begins mid August (8-10 weeks prior to competition)
    • Area Games (division qualifiers for State Competition) held in September
    • Fall Sports Classic State Competition held in October
      • Competitions will be held in:
        • Bocce (traditional and unified play)
        • Golf (traditional and unified play)
        • Soccer (traditional and unified play)
        • Skills and  Motor Activities Program Training (MATP)
Tournaments & Invitationals: 

Opportunities to participate in a sport at tournament or invitational, yet low-competitive event. Special Olympics Utah provides these opportunities so athletes can get together and compete.  Athletes and teams are responsible for securing equipment and training time.

January: Snowshoe Invitational

July and August: Bowling Invitational Tournaments

Become a Unified Sports Partner

Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability. That makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away. A Unified Sports Partner is an individual without an intellectual disability that competes on a Unified Sports Team with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Utah’s Unified Sports include aquatics, basketball, bocce, golf, track and soccer. High school students at participating Unified Sports schools can also participate in track, field and soccer.

Please contact our office at 801-363-1111 or email   We will put you in touch with a team looking for Unified Partners. Once you’ve joined a team, please complete the applications below (please note that only individuals 18 and older need to complete the background waiver):

  1. Unified Sports Partner Form
  2. Background Waiver (if 18 or older)