To provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of joy, gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the Community
Who can participate?
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must be identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: an intellectual disability; a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. Participation in Special Olympics starts at age 8 years, and there’s no maximum age limit. People without intellectual disabilities can take part in Unified Sports, teams that mix people with and without intellectual disabilities.
About our program
Our Warren County program includes local athletes at every skill level, and includes basic skill training for all athletes as well as actual team games for the higher skilled athletes. Our sports include:
Basketball & Floor Hockey - January/February
Aquatics - March/April
Athletics (Track & Field) - April/May
Tennis & Softball - June/July
Bocce Ball - August/September
Bowling - September/October
Golf - in Season
Long Distance Running/Walking - Spring, Summer, Fall
Power Lifting & Roller Skating - October/November
Soccer (Youth 8-15) - August/September/October
We participate in sectional and state competitions in Erie, Penn State, Villanova University, Carnegie Mellon University and Slippery Rock University. We travel to York, PA for winter games every other year, and also compete in the Warren Industrial Softball Tourney. We have an annual dinner dance every spring and a Christmas party in December. We hold "fun days" such as a trip to the Erie Zoo and picnics at Betts Park.