Become An Athlete

20150521_100235_webSpecial Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, currently serving 5 million athletes in over 170 countries.

In Montana, we are currently serving 2,000 athletes with support from over 4,000 volunteers. Special Olympics Montana has programs in 65 communities across the state offering 18 sports as well as the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP).

Sports Offered:

Alpine SkiingAthleticsBasketball
BocceBowlingCross Country Skiing
CyclingEquestrianFloor Hockey
GolfGymnasticsKayaking
PowerliftingSnowboardingSnowshoeing
SoccerSwimmingTriathlon

Special Olympics Montana offers the Young Athletes Program training for athletes ages 2 – 7 and sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports from age 8 and beyond. No matter what your ability level, or age, you can benefit from Special Olympics programs. And no matter what your interest, there is a sport for you. There is no charge for athletes to participate.

Special Olympics Montana 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.  We are athlete centered, family based, volunteer driven, and sponsor supported.



Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics Montana, you must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction.

  • NOTE: Persons with functional limitations based solely on a physical, behavioral, emotional, specific learning disability or sensory disability are not eligible.

In order to participate in Special Olympics Montana’s sports programming, all athletes and unified partners/teammates must submit required paperwork. This paperwork accounts for:

  • Necessary medical information, including a health history (athletes only), health insurance information and emergency contacts;
  • Emergency medical treatment in the event that a parent or guardian cannot be reached;
  • A photo release allowing Special Olympics Montana to use any photos or video of its athletes for marketing purposes; and
  • Release for athletes wishing to participate in Healthy Athletes.

Click HERE to find participation forms and resources.

For more information about enrolling an Athlete or Unified Partner in Special Olympics Montana or about paperwork, contact Lisa Romig at 406.216.5327 or via email at lromig@somt.org