Become an Athlete

Become an Athlete


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

Special Olympics Athlete Oath

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 more than 18,000 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!

To become eligible for Special Olympics training, competition, and programming, athletes must complete an online Athlete Application, as well as, a completed and signed Medical Form.  To access the forms, contact your County Coordinator.


Form 1:  Application for Participation

  • The Application for Participation is an online form and is available through your County Coordinator.
  • The adult athlete or his/her parent/guardian must sign the application once completed.

Form 2:  Medical Form

  • The Medical Form is available upon completion of the online portion of the application, or through your County Coordinator.
  • 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, a new form must be completed and signed by a licensed medical examiner (not a nurse or EMT).
  • 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).


For more information about our local programs and to sign up an athlete, click here to find your local county contact, or call the State Office at (317) 328-2000.