Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment – on the playing field and in life…
Special Olympics Montana (SOMT) is a state-wide non-profit organization that provides year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health-related programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities. SOMT changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.
SOMT is an athlete-centered, family-based, volunteer-driven and sponsor-supported movement with 2,000 athletes registered in 121 programs from 65 Montana communities. Nearly 4,000 Montana volunteers help organize and host local, area and state level competitions. SOMT is accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. and headquartered Great Falls, MT.
FACTS & FIGURES:
- In 1970, Special Olympics Montana hosted its first Summer State Games with around 400 athletes.
- Currently, over 2000 athletes from 65 Montana communities train and compete year-round.
- Approximately 2% or 20,000 Montanans have intellectual disabilities. By 2020, SOMT plans to serve at least 3,000 athletes annually.
- Registered athletes range from 8 to 86 years old with an equal ratio of adults and children.
- Competitions, trainings, and health exams are offered to athletes at no charge.
- Donations from individuals and business across the state fund SOMT activities.
- Over 4,000 Montanans annually support the SOMT mission by giving their time and talent as volunteers.
- Alpine Skiing
- Athletics (Track & Field)
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Floor Hockey
Unified Sports: Unified Sports® training and competition brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to share in the joy of sports.
Motor Activity Training Program (MATP): MATP provides comprehensive motor activitity and recreational training for people with severe intellectual disabilities or multiple disabilities. MATP places emphasis on training and participation rather than competition.
Young Athletes: Special Olympics Inclusive Young Athletes is an early childhood sports and educational play program for children aged 2 to 7 years old, with and without intellectual disabilities.
Athlete Leadership: Athlete Leadership Program allows athletes to explore roles beyond competition – such as being an assistant
coach, volunteer, committee member, or spokesperson.
Unified Strategy for Schools: Special Olympics Unified Strategy for Schools is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged youth with and without intellectual disabilities to create communities of acceptance for all.
Healthy Athletes: Healthy Athletes initiative provides free health exams and education for Special Olympics athletes.