Adapted Sports / Special Olympics

Special Olympics is an international organization which provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people 8 years and older 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 Olympics athletes and the community.

Columbia Parks & Recreation will accept any person who has an intellectual disability or experiences cognitive delays and has significant learning or vocational problems. Each participant must have a physical and signed release on file. The forms can be obtained by calling 874-7321 or by emailing

Special Olympics continues to grow thanks to the dedication, commitment and efforts of the more than 500,000 volunteers world-wide. You can volunteer in a variety of ways: coaching, assisting with fundraising, organizing events and more. To volunteer or to receive our monthly newsletter, call 874-7312 or email

Columbia Parks & Recreation participates in 9 Special Olympic sports: Aquatics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field & Volleyball. To find out more information on the sports offered and registration dates, call 874-7312 or email

Activities and News

Special Olympics Missouri


Special Olympic Golfing


Special Olympic Basketball