Become an Athlete


“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Special Olympics Athlete Goal

Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching nearly 11,000 athletes across Indiana.

Through Special Olympics Indiana, athletes gain opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. It’s a movement that impacts lives for the better. It’s an organization that needs you!

Athletes must complete, sign, and submit 2 forms to become eligible for Special Olympics training, competition, and programming.  Submit both forms to your local program’s County Coordinator.

Form 1:  Application for Participation

  • Complete both pages of this application.
  • The adult athlete or his/her parent/guardian must sign the application once completed.
  • Click here to download the Application for Participation.

Form 2:  Medical Form

  • The Medical Form requires a physical examination by a licensed medical examiner (not a nurse or EMT).
  • The Special Olympics Indiana Medical Form must be used.  School or agency medical forms will NOT be accepted.
  • The form is valid for 3 years from the date of the physician’s signature.  At the end of the 3 years, the health information section may be completed by a parent/guardian.  If major medical problems do not exist or develop, the athlete does not need to see the doctor again.
  • If there are significant changes to the athlete’s health, the athlete must be re-examined by a licensed medical examiner (not a nurse or EMT).
  • Click here to download the Medical Form.

For more information about our local programs and to sign up an athlete, please refer to the drop-down menu above to find your local county contact, or call the State Office at (317) 328-2000.