Knowledgebase: Sport FAQ
How do I get involved?
Posted by Katie MacDonald on 11 August 2009 08:54 AM

Anyone who meets the criteria of a Special Olympics Athlete is eligible for participation in any of our sports programs. All athletes within Special Olympics Ontario are required to complete an Athlete Registration package and be registered with a Sports Club or Community.

Please contact James Noronha at (416) 447 - 8326 ext 239 for more information.

The steps to becoming an athlete are as follows:

  1. Contact your local Special Olympics Ontario chapter. Special Olympics Ontario is divided into 12 regions, each of which consists of many local community chapters. Visit our online guide to find the community chapter closest to you. Your local community council will be able to provide you with information about the Special Olympics Teams in your area.
  2. Decide which sport or club in which you wish to participate – Most communities will have more than one type of sport available (depending on the season). If you don’t find the sport you are looking for in your own community, and you are able to do so, you may travel to a nearby community that offers the program you are looking for.
  3. Complete your Athlete Registration Package – Before you can participate as an athlete with Special Olympics Ontario you will be required to complete an athlete information form which includes emergency contact and medical information for the athlete. It must be completely filled out and returned to the athlete registrar or head coach. A copy of this form is held by the head coach or team manager, for athlete safety purposes. Some programs may require a registration fee for participation.
  4. Contact the Head Coach / Team Manager – Most communities will have a Athlete Registrar or Coordinator responsible for connecting you to a program. Once you have decided on a program, contact the head coach, team manager or club contact to arrange to visit the program and to find out about any additional details or required equipment.

For more information and to find a Special Olympics Community in your area please click the link below:

http://www.specialolympicsontario.com/default.asp?contentID=11

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