Special Olympics Tennessee (SOTN) is a statewide organization providing children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Individuals who are at least eight years old and are identified as having an intellectual disability are eligible for participation.
With 32 local area programs throughout the state, Special Olympics Tennessee serves nearly 16,000 athletes statewide. SOTN is one of the 50 state programs and one of nearly 130 countries providing this opportunity to more than one million athletes worldwide.
Special Olympics athletes are individuals with a true passion for living life to the fullest, and achieving their potential in both in sport and life. Special Olympics athletes learn life lessons both on and off the field of play and have a blast competing!
There are currently more than 2.5 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities who are training to compete in Special Olympics. Special Olympics Tennessee offers 17 sports for athletes to choose from. Special Olympics athletes have the opportunity to expand beyond competition, by participating in the Healthy Athletes program or the Athlete Leadership Programs, where athletes can train as coaches, officials or public speakers.
Best of all, Special Olympics is FREE to eligible people wishing to participate! The financial and in-kind support of sponsors, donors, and families make it possible for Special Olympics athletes to never be charged a fee to compete!
To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with cognitive disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.