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.
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 physical exam 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?
Twice a year, Special Olympics Greenville athletes and volunteers attend state level competitions which are the culmination of 8 week practice seasons for the season. Help us meet our goal of raising $4,000 for transportation this spring.
April 8 @ 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!
Special Olympics Greenville Sponsors
Thank you to all of our marvelous sponsors, Caine Halter YMCA, Sportsclub SC, Aldersgate Methodist Church, Michelin, TD Bank, and Top Golf, for making this extraordinary event possible!