Sports and Competitions

Participate with Special Olympics Utah

Developing skills, building self-esteem and having fun, all while participating in year-round sports training and competition is the life of a Special Olympics Utah athlete. Whatever their skill level, with eight sports to choose from, plus the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP),  Special Olympics Utah has something for every person with an intellectual disability.

State Competitions

Special Olympics Utah conducts three state-level competitions that are open to all delegations throughout the year, with area competitions leading up to both. The State Basketball Tournament, Summer State Games, and Fall Sports Classic seasons allow athletes (and partners) from around the state the opportunity to compete against others, challenging their abilities and creating lasting friendships.

2018 Sports and Competition Schedule


Snowshoe Invitational – February  24th

  • 10m walk & walk assisted
  • 25m walk & run
  • 50m walk & run
  • 100m walk & run

No Area Competition. For participation only and not a state event

To register for this event: Snowshoe Invitational

State Basketball Tournament – March 23rd-24th

  •  3v3 basketball
  • 5v5 Traditional and Unified Sports Basketball
  • Basketball Skills Level I and Level II
  • MATP

No Area Competitions . This is a state event.

To register for for this event: State Basketball Tournament

Summer State Games – June 8th-9th     

  •  Track & Field
  •  Softball & Softball Skills
  • T-Ball
  • Swim
  •  MATP

Area Competitions will take place April-May. Area competition schedules are determined by Area Manager. This is a state event and some sports require participation in area events to move onto Summer State Games (Swim and Athletics)

To register for this event: Summer State Games 

Bowling Invitational – July/August      

Multiple locations

North East – July 28th

North, Metro, and Central – August 4th

South, South East, South Central – August 11th  (2 locations)

**Watch for additional information and locations

All events will be Baker System format

  • Singles – Singles, Singles Developmental, Singles Ramp Unassisted or Assisted
  • Doubles – Traditional and Unified
  • Teams – Traditional and Unified
  • No area competition. This is not a state event.
To Register for this event:  Regional Bowling Invitational

Fall Sports Classic – October 19th-20th     

  • Golf
  • Bocce
  • Soccer, 5v5 Traditional and Unified Soccer & Soccer Skills
  •  MATP

Area Competition will take place August-September. Area competition schedules are determined by Regional Program Manager. This is a state event and some sports require participation in area events to move onto Summer State Games (Bocce).

To register for this event:  Fall Sports Classic

How to Become an Athlete or Unified Partner

If someone you know is interested in becoming an athlete, please email   or call 801-363-1111.       In order for an individual to become an athlete for Special Olympics Utah, they must complete the following forms:

In order to become a Unified Partner, please visit the Become a Unified Partner page and fill out the application, background waiver (if over 18) and concussion policy form.

Please call us at 801-363-1111 and we will help you get involved.   We look forward to hearing from you.