Our Sports

Sports are a powerful force. They work towards shifting the focus from disability to ability, and from isolation to involvement.

Special Olympics Montana offers year-round training and competition in 18 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. State-level competition is available to anyone ages 8 and older, and programs are designed to serve all ability levels. The fundamental difference that sets Special Olympics competitions apart from those of other sports organizations is that athletes are grouped together by age, gender and equitable ability level to ensure all participants enjoy a truly competitive experience. Every athlete is recognized for his or her performance and encouraged to achieve their personal best.

In addition to traditional competition, Special Olympics Montana also offers unified events within many sports. Unified Sports bring together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities- people of similar age and athletic ability – who train and compete on the same teams. Sports that offer unified competition will be denoted with a (U), below.

State Games and Competitions

The State Summer Games are Special Olympics Montana’s, and one of the state of Montana’s largest sporting events. It has occurred every year since the program’s inception in 1970. The State Summer Games feature more than 1,000 competitors who will participate in 10 Olympic-type sports and the Motor Activities Training Program. Read More

The State Basketball Tournament (U) is held each fall and showcases the talents of more than 600 competitors from over 40 Montana delegations. Read More

The Bowling Championships (U) are regional competitions offered in communities around the state, in February. Read More

The Area Winter Games are held each winter and feature 4 Olympic-type winter sports. Big Sky, Charles Russell, Glacier and Five Valleys currently offer Area Winter Games. Beginning in 2018, SOMT will not be conduct the State Winter Games at the Whitefish Mountain Resort. 

  • Alpine Skiing (U)
  • Cross-Country Skiing (U)
  • Snowboarding (U)
  • Snowshoeing (U)

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