Special Olympics Pierce County

Special Olympics Washington (SOWA) provides year-round sports training and competition for thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. All events are open and free to the public while operating under the Healthy Washington guidelines. 


Athletes will be competing in a variety of Olympic-type sports. Please check back for a list of events and venues offered for the 2021 Special Olympics in Pierce County.

Who is eligible?

Identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability; a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures such as intelligence quotient or other generally accepted measures; or a closely related development disability, i.e., functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. 

image of athlete

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must:

If you have any questions or need to submit forms, please contact:

Karli Schwimmer, Recreation Coordinator

(253) 798-4186  |  email


Members of the public can volunteer at any of the events. Volunteers are required to go through further training and a background check. To volunteer, please complete and submit the following forms:

Submit all forms to:

Karli Schwimmer, Recreation Coordinator

(253) 798-4186  | email

image of volunteers