RI Special Olympic Athletes


Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics Rhode Island. Through our programs, children and adults with intellectual disabilities enjoy a lifetime of active participation in sports, as well as an opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, build confidence, and discover their independence.

Special Olympics Rhode Island offers more than 660 sports training and competition opportunities in 20 Olympic-type sports to over 4,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.

To be eligible to participate, athletes must be 8 years old and older. There is no age limit.  Athletes ages 2 to 7 may participate in our Young Athletes program.  Students with intellectual disabilities may participate in our Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools – Unified Sports programs.

Please refer to our Eligibility Statement and Athlete Code of Conduct to find out more information.

All persons wishing to become a Special Olympics Rhode Island athlete must register with a local team or our state office.  For more information, please contact Louise Miller at louise@specialolympicsri.org

Getting Started:
A parent or guardian must complete the following forms and/or assist an adult athlete completing the form as needed:
Medical Form – this form is signed by a licensed medical examiner and is valid for three years.
Release Form – this form is also valid for three years.

Sports Offered

All forms may be emailed to Louise Miller at louise@specialolympicsri.org or mailed to Special Olympics Rhode Island, Attn: Louise Miller, 370 George Washington Highway, Smithfield, RI 02917.