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. 

Events:

Special Olympics Basketball


Pierce County Parks will offer 2 (1-hour) basketball practices each week (Wednesdays and Saturdays.) All athletes are welcome to participate in both (or just one practice day.) Team options include: 5 on 5 Team (full court), half court 3-on-3, and team skills. 


This registration includes 2 practices/week, sub-regional, and regional competitions, it does not include state competition. If you need transportation to and from competitions, please make sure to select the transportation price fee, if you do not need transportation select only the base fee. We will provide athletes with a basketball jersey. Athletes are responsible for all other athletic apparel (shorts, socks & sneakers must be worn.)


Dates:Wednesday, December 1 - Saturday, March 5
Practice Time:

Wednesday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (1 hour practices/team) 

Saturday, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (1 hour practices/team)

Basketball Practice Schedule  (no practice 12/22, 12/25, 1/1)

Location:Lakewood Community Center
9112 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, 98499 (map)
Fee:

$125  -Transportation to and from Sub-Regional & Regional competitions PROVIDED.

$95 - Transportation to and from Sub-Regional & Regional competitions NOT PROVIDED.

Participant is responsible to and from competition.  

Registration:Register online by November 22, 2021


All athletes must have an updated Athlete Medical Form before the first practice (must be completed every 3 years). If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule. WE ARE LOOKING FOR COACHES! We need coaches to make this program a success. Please reach out to Karli Schwimmer if you're interested in coaching!



Special Olympics Bowling


Did you know bowling is one of the fastest growing Special Olympics sports? Come join the competitive fun by registering for Pierce County's Special Olympics bowling team! Teams of two will compete for the win and receive a team shirt and end of season award. 


The season is 9 weeks long and all athletes must have an updated Athlete Medical Form before the first practice (must be completed every 3 years).


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Dates:Tuesdays, December 7-28
Time:5:00-6:30 pm
Location:Narrows Plaza Bowling
2200 Mildred St W, University Place, 98466 (map)
Fee:$100 / athlete
Registration: Register online by December 1, 2021


*Special Olympics Washington will be offering remote regionals for Bowling and is working towards offering in-person regionals for Flag Football, Volleyball, and Gymnastics. There will be no State Games.


All athletes must have an updated Athlete Medical Form before the first practice (must be completed every 3 years). If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule. WE ARE LOOKING FOR COACHES! We need coaches to make this program a success. Please reach out to Karli Schwimmer if you're interested in coaching!


Please note: Special Olympics Washington will not be hosting any in-person regional or state games this summer season. We will offer an end of season competition within our group. All of this is in an effort to ensure the safety of our athletes and volunteers while Special Olympics Washington works hard to bring everyone back to a regular competition schedule.


Athletes:

Athletes will be competing in a variety of Olympic-type sports. Please check back for an updated 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. 


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

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  • Be at least 8 years old (Children ages 2-1/2 to 7 are eligible to participate in the Young Athletes Program).
  • Pay an athletic participation fee per event
  • Submit required athletic forms

Required Athlete Forms: 

  1. Athlete Medical Form (Must be completed every 3 years)
  2. COVID-19 Participant Code of Conduct and Risk Form 
  3. COVID-19 Waiver

Volunteers:

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:


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How to submit completed forms:

  • Mail to Karli Schwimmer: Lakewood Community Center 9112 Lakewood Dr SW, Lakewood 98499. 
  • Drop off the form at either:
    • Lakewood Community Center
      9112 Lakewood Dr SW, Lakewood 98499 (map
    • Sprinker Recreation Center
      14824 C St S, Tacoma, WA 98444 (map)
  • Scan/email to [email protected]

Questions? Contact:

Karli Schwimmer, Recreation Coordinator

(253) 798-4186  | email