To enroll to become an athlete, download the medical form, print it and have it filled out. 

(Download en español version)

Completion instructions for the medical form can be found by clicking here

Unified Partners over the age of 18 no longer need to complete the Unified Partner form, they simply need to complete all the standard steps of the volunteer process.   If you're under 18 and plan on being a Unified partner, download the Youth Unified Partner form. 

Now, you must complete the Communicable Disease Waiver.  Click here to complete this waiver. 

After completing the Athlete Enrollment/Medical Release Form, email them to your local Special Olympics Texas Program Director (Find them with the 'Contact' tab in your specific area).  If you do not know who your local area director is, please message medicals@sotx.org to be put in touch with the correct staff member.  

Benefits of Participation

There are many benefits to participating as an athlete with Special Olympics Texas:

  • Physical exercise positively impacts health, mood and anxiety.
  • Emphasis on sports training helps athletes maintain a healthy weight.
  • Athletes participate in activities that enhance their self-esteem and help them see that they can achieve goals that they set for themselves.
  • Athletes have many opportunities to make new friends and socialize in an environment that is accepting and encouraging.
  • Travel opportunities allow athletes to gain life experiences and skills that will positively impact all areas of their lives.
  • The Athlete Leadership Programs offer athletes opportunities to get involved in decision-making, public speaking, and leadership roles in their communities.

Above: A Special Olympics Texas athlete prepares for powerlifting at the 2023 Winter Games.

General statement of Athlete eligibility