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We are a global organization with programs in 170 countries. This site may be customized by language and geographic region.

Athletics

This page draws together athletics-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.

Total Fitness Development

The sport of athletics encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through the track-and-field-based athletics training program, participants can develop total fitness to compete in any sport. As with all Special Olympics sports, athletics offers athletes the opportunity to learn through skill development and competitive settings and to be involved in large social settings.

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Athletics Events

  • oct.
    26
    NW. Desoto Parish Track & Field
    oct. 26, 2016
    Logansport
    Louisiana
    NW. Desoto Parish Track & Field

    This is an event for the Northwest area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

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    oct. 26, 2016
    Logansport High School
    Logansport, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • nov.
    04
    Fall Festival
    nov. 04, 2016 - nov. 06, 2016
     
    Villanova
    Pennsylvania
    Fall Festival

    The Fall Festival is hosted and organized by Villanova University students and is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. For one weekend each year, Villanova University opens its campus up to over 1,000 athletes, 400 coaches, and 2,000 volunteers from the Villanova Student Body, surrounding community, and corporations. The athletes who participate in the Fall Festival compete in a total of six Olympic-type sports including bocce, long distance running, power-lifting, roller skating, soccer and volleyball. However, sporting events are just a small component of the overall weekend. Villanova’s campus is transformed into an athlete’s wonderland, incorporating Opening Ceremonies; a parade; Healthy Athlete screenings; an Olympic Town offering face painting, food and fun; a Victory Dance; and Closing Ceremonies. There is no charge to participate in the Fall Festival or in any other Special Olympics event. All housing and meals for the weekend are provided by Villanova University and Special Olympics Pennsylvania. The event requires 2,000 volunteers from the Villanova University student body, corporate organizations and the surrounding community. Spectators are encouraged to visit any of the competition venues on or near campus and cheer on athletes at Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s second largest event of the year.

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    nov. 04, 2016 - nov. 06, 2016
     
    Villanova University
    Villanova, Pennsylvania
    UNITED STATES
  • mar.
    14
    FP.Junior High Track & Field
    mar. 14, 2017
    12:00 AM
    Mandeville
    Louisiana
    FP.Junior High Track & Field

    This is an event for the Florida Parish area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

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    mar. 14, 2017
    12:00 AM
    Mandeville High School
    Mandeville, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
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