Become a Special Olympics Athlete

Get Involved

Who Are Our Athletes?

Everybody is different. Special Olympics is for people who are different because they learn new skills slowly. They are different in other ways as well. They have an intellectual disability, or ID. Intellectual disabilities happen in all cultures, races, and countries. The goal of Special Olympics is to reach out to the nearly 200 million people in the world with ID. Our 5 million Special Olympics athletes—ages 8 years old and up—come from more than 170 countries. We also have a Young Athletes program for children ages 2 to 7. At any age and in every country, our athletes are learning new skills, making new friends and gaining in fitness and confidence.

Our Programs

We offer programs year round. We have indoor and outdoor programs. So whatever your age or skill level, Special Olympics Medina has something for you. Many athletes start in one sport, then go on to try others.

Through sports, our athletes are seeing themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. Their world is opened with acceptance and understanding. They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They also make new friends, as part of the most inclusive community on the planet—a global community that is growing every day.

Special Olympics Ohio Medina County Yearly Sports Schedule

Bowling Special Olympics Medina County Ohio

Unified Bowling

(first session)

Monday’s at Medina Lanes or Strike and Spare Lanes

September – December

Swimming Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


Two days MCRC

October –  December

Basketball Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


Two days for practices with 10 games

October – February

Athletes Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


(Track & Field)

Two days

March – June

Bocceball Special Olympics Medina County Ohio

Bocce Ball

Two days

March – June

Bowling Special Olympics Medina County Ohio

Unified Bowling

(second session)

Monday’s at Medina Lanes

January – April

Swimming Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


Two days at MCRC

November – February

Volleyball Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


Two days

March – June

Cycling Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


Two days

March – June

Tennis Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


Two days

March – June

Bowling Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


One day

March – June

Equestrian Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


MCA Ranch

March – August

Softball Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


Two days for practice

June – September

Powerlifting Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


Two days

March – June

Soccer Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


Two days

August – October

Golf Special Olympics Medina County Ohio


One day at Bunker Hill Golf Course

July – September

How To Become An Athlete

Process for Athletes to sign up with our delegation

  1. View yearly sports schedule to see what sports you are interested in. You must be 8 years of age or older to participate.
  2. Complete, sign, and turn in Athlete Release Form along with New Athlete Survey or fill one out online New Athlete Survey and the General Waiver
  3. Mail or email completed Athlete Release Form to the local coordinator. SpecialOlympicsInfo@mcbdd.org or mail to Special Olympics Ohio Medina County 4691 Windfall Rd. Medina, OH 44256
  4. You will be contacted by the coordinator or coach around a month before the sport begins.

Download Yearly Sport Schedule Here

Become a Volunteer

Get Involved

How To Volunteer?

Our volunteers are of all ages and their commitments can range from an afternoon to a lifetime. Our volunteers are helping to bring out the champion in every Special Olympics athlete.

Special Olympics would not exist today—and could not have been created—without the time, energy, commitment, and enthusiasm of our volunteers. We owe so much to these millions of people who find the time to make the world a better place.


See How to Become A Volunteer below and notice that it takes 2 steps to become a volunteer. Thank you.

Ways To Volunteer

Special Olympics is about transforming lives, including your own. It’s about a spirit of giving and teamwork. It’s about making your community and neighborhood a more welcoming and accepting place for people of all abilities.

It’s also about creating lifelong friendships and finding a new way of thinking about others.

Ways to Volunteer

  • Coach: Teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders.
  • Official: We encourage everyone officiating Special Olympics competitions to become certified in their sport and provide an opportunity for anyone interested, including Special Olympics athletes, to become a certified Special Olympics sport-specific official.
  • Fan: Join us at one of our events and cheer our players on. Help build their confidence with your cheers.
  • Admin: Looking to help with paperwork, stuffing envelopes, etc, we could use your help.
  • Special Events: We always need help setting up, meeting and greeting, handing out marketing materials and much more.

How To Become A Volunteer


STEP ONE: Fill out the Volunteer Class A Form Registration.

    • BE SURE TO INDICATE MEDINA BOARD OF DD as the local program. (NOT Medina SHC.)

STEP TWO: Once the Class A Form is completed and submitted, you will then receive an email from S.O. Ohio Inc (First Advantage) to complete your background check information. You should receive this email relatively quickly, but could take up to 10 days to receive it. YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS WITHIN A WEEK OF RECEIVING OR THE LINK WILL EXPIRE. Be sure to check your spam/junk folders until you receive the email and complete so we don’t have to request another link.

Start Your Process to Volunteer Today!

Fill out the form and we will be in touch. Thank you for donating your time.

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Looking for ways to Sponsor or Donate for one of our events? Check out our events page to see if there is information for the event you wish to help.


Annual Fundraising Events

      • Knights of Columbus
      • STO Butter Braid
      • Applebee’s

Contact Amy at 330-725-7751 x249 for more information or to get involved!