Skagit Special Olympics provides ten weeks of sports training and athletic competition, each season, for children (eight years of age and older) and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our primary goal is to provide a quality experience in sports training and competition with a focus on friendship and FUN !

Athletes must have an Application for Participation completed by their physician prior to participating in our Special Olympics Program. We encourage athletes to participate in any and all sports offered. A completed application is valid for three years.


  1. Please complete all personal information on Page 1, 2 & 5.
  2. Have your Doctor complete Pages 3 & 4.
  3. The Doctor will also need to sign and date the ‘Physical Examination’ section at the bottom of Page 3 & 4 on the form.
  4. You will finish the form by signing the appropriate section on Page 5.
  5. Please return the original completed ‘Application for Participation’ to us at:Skagit Special Olympics
    P. O. Box 1162
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Please keep a copy for your records.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Skagit Special Olympics Programs are organized, managed and coached entirely by volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include working directly with special athletes such as, a coach, assistant coach, chaperone or supporting our program as an event volunteer. All volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Registration Form which includes a confidential background check prior to volunteering in our Special Olympics Program. Please go to state website: . We ask volunteers to come to practices ready to play and have fun. You don’t need to be proficient at the sport, just willing to participate and have fun. We have athletes at all ability levels appreciating volunteer encouragement and assistance. Volunteers aren’t asked to commit to ten weeks; rather we ask that you come when you can.

Training is provided to certify volunteer coaches in each sport prior to the start of each season. Special Olympics International has developed specialized sports specific training materials to strengthen the coaching of athletes at every level.

Participation: Persons with intellectual disabilities, regardless of ability level, may participate in sports and other programs offered by Special Olympics. Individuals are eligible for training and competition at age eight on an Individual Education Plan (IEP). There is no upper age limit. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

We welcome all participants. We hold practices primarily in the Mount Vernon area. Special Olympics programs are also provided in the Anacortes area. School–based unified sports are also included in the Mount Vernon and Burlington/Edison School Districts.

The practices and competitions are focused on learning about sports, learning new skills and improving overall general fitness. Benefits include meeting new friends, having fun and learning skills that can last a lifetime!

Sports we currently offer are Bowling (Fall), Volleyball (Fall), Basketball (Winter), Soccer (Spring), Cycling (Spring), Swimming (Spring), and Softball (Summer),


It is very simple to start participating in Special Olympics. Each athlete must have a completed Application for Participation (AFP) or physical to participate. Please print this form and have it completed by your physician: Athlete Physical.

Bring the completed form to any practice or email to [email protected].

Just turn in your physical form, come to a practice, and you are signed up!

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