Become an Athlete

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:   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

Three:    Call Special Olympics Utah at 801-363-1111, and select Option 1 for Sports Programs.    Please leave the following information on the message:  1.  your name,  2.  phone number where you can be reached after 5:00 p.m.,  3.  an email address (if you have one),  4.  the city and county where you live,   5.  the age of the athlete,  and  6.  the sport of greatest interest or a willingness to try anything.   If you do not have an email address, please leave the best times to reach you at the phone number you provide.   A Sports Program member will contact you about how to find a team to join, or how to be an independent athlete.   This is a map of some of the current teams that may be near you.

These are sports in which we currently offer training and competitions:

Spring (March, April, May, June) –  Athletics (Track and Field), Soccer, Softball, and Motor Activities Program Training (MATP)

Fall  (August, September, October) – Aquatics, Bocce, Basketball, Golf and MATP     http://sout.org/fall-sports-classic-2/

 

Four:   Complete the Athlete Consent Form  and the Participant Concussion Policy Form

 

Five:      Return the completed medical form, athlete consent form and concussion form by one of the following ways:

(1)  email to embler@sout.org  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,  Attn:  Jonathan Embler, VP of Sports

Please include all your contact information in case there are questions.

 

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, and select Option 1 for Sports Programs. 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)
  3. Participant Concussion Policy Form

 

 

 

Supporting those with Intellectual Disabilities