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Sports are universal, connecting individuals regardless of their race, background, nationality, or intellectual ability. The Special Olympics embodies this universality, demonstrating that human greatness is defined by much more than the limitations of the body. It gives families and communities a chance to come together; provides athletes with the opportunity to feel pride and courage for their accomplishments; and creates an environment where people can change their attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities.

Greenville County Rec hosts the Special Olympics for these reasons and many others, offering training and competition in 15 different sports. Two full-time Greenville County Rec staffers direct these programs with help from hundreds of community volunteers, making it possible to offer the program without any fees attached.

2019 Sports Schedule

Click here to download the full 2019 calendar.

Do You Have What it Takes to Be an Olympian?

If you’re determined to storm the field and show off your skills, have a medical doctor complete the Medical section of the Athlete Medical and Release Form,  a parent or guardian complete the Release section of the Form, and return them to the Special Olympics Greenville office. Athletes must be 8 years of age or older to compete.

Make Significant Impact by Volunteering

Volunteering gives you a chance to connect with others while giving back to the community; it broadens your perspective and improves your understanding of those who lead lives that are unfamiliar. Greenville County Rec is in need of volunteers for all Special Olympic sports — no sports knowledge needed, just a desire to help others. If you’re interested, complete the online Volunteer Application.

Can’t Volunteer But Want to Help?

You don’t have to give your time to help Special Olympics Greenville! You can purchase an Attractions Book — with dining and value guides — at the Greenville County Rec office for $20. 

Special Olympics Greenville Sponsors

Thank you to all of our marvelous sponsors for making this extraordinary event possible!

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Special Olympics Spring Games

April 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am –  1:00 pm

Greenville County is proud to host the Special Olympics Spring Games on April 8. Volunteer or come support some amazing athletes while giving back to your community. We'd love to see you there!

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