Get Involved

Get Involved

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Be a fan of inclusion. Become a Special Olympics Athlete.


An athlete must be at least eight years old and be identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability. To be eligible to train and compete, each athlete must have a current Application for Participation on file with the program. This form, also called the medical form, must be signed by a physician (MD or DO), physician's assistant (PA) or certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) and is valid for three years. Participation in Special Olympics is free for every athlete.

Statement of Eligibility (PDF)
Code of Conduct (PDF)
Application for Participation (PDF)

The benefits to the athletes go beyond the sports. The athletes have opportunities to make new friends, enjoy new experiences, develop confidence and know the pride of accomplishment.

Send the completed Application for Participation to:

Beverly Boyd
Assistant Registration Coordinator
Special Olympics York County
20 Lincoln Place
Manchester, PA 17345

Be a fan of community. Become a Special Olympics Volunteer.


Special Olympics York County is organized and run entirely by volunteers. Volunteers are business people, teachers, medical professionals, family members, retired persons and high school and college students. Their contribution may vary from several hours a week for a sports season or several hours a month throughout the year or several hours once a year at a competition. The thread that ties them together is the commitment to work with Special Olympics athletes. They may serve as coaches, assistant coaches, event organizers, fund raisers or coordinators with various responsibilities. New volunteers are always welcome. The benefits include the satisfaction in helping athletes improve their skills and their self-image.

If you would like to volunteer for Special Olympics York County please click on the following link to register: Special Olympics Pennsylvania - Volunteer