Special Olympics

Program Overview

Special Olympics is designed to help bring all persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. Washington Special Olympics provides year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community.

Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics is able to remove barriers and stigmas that people with intellectual disabilities face, and to share with the community the gifts and talents they possess.

Persons with intellectual disabilities, regardless of ability level, may participate in all Special Olympic sports. Individuals are eligible for training and competition at age eight.

Washington Special Olympics is a registered non-profit organization supported entirely by private contributions. Athletes participate at no cost to themselves or their families. Admission to all Special Olympic events is free.


We offer bowling, flag football, gymnastics, basketball, cheerleading, track and field, bocce ball and softball.

Participant Application

Do you want to participate in Special Olympics? Please fill out the Application including a doctor's signature and physical.


Special Olympics is always looking for volunteers, if you are interested please complete the following:
Volunteer Registration

Background Check Form
Unified Partner Release Form (PDF)

Please return all completed forms to the Parks and Recreation Office - 411 South Balsam.

 If you would like to be put on our Special Olympics mailing list, please call 509-764-3805. This will hopefully be the start of even better things to come!