Special Olympics Pierce County

Special Olympics Washington (SOWA) provides year-round sports training and competition for thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Click here for the required Special Olympics forms.
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  1. Winter Season
  2. Spring Season
  3. Summer Season
  4. Fall Season

Pre-Season Special Olympics Basketball Clinic with PLU

Improve your basketball skills by attending the pre-season Special Olympics basketball clinic hosted by Pacific Lutheran University SAAC students. After the clinic athletes and Pierce County Staff will watch the first half of the PLU women's basketball game and then be recognized during halftime!

Date: December 3
Time:2:00-3:00 pm - Basketball clinic
3:30-4:00 pm - snack/break
4:45 pm - PLU women's basketball game/recognized at halftime
5:00 pm - Clinic over.  
Those who traveled independently and wish to stay for the remainder of the game are welcome to, but no Pierce County staff will be on site after 5:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Gym, Pacific Lutheran University located in 
Names Fitness Center, 12180 Park Ave. S, Tacoma, WA 98447 (map)
Fee:$8/participant
Registration: Register online by December 1, 2022

Special Olympics Basketball

Pierce County Parks will offer basketball practice on Monday and Wednesday evenings, either at the People's Center or Lakewood Community Center. Team options include 5 on 5 Team (full court), half-court 3-on-3, and team skills. Please note: Special Olympics Washington has not released winter competition details yet. The 2022 Pierce County Parks basketball practice schedule runs from December 12 - March 1.

This registration includes practice, sub-regional, and regional competitions, it does not include state competition. If a team qualifies for state competition there will be a separate registration fee. Pierce County Parks will provide athletes with a basketball jersey. Athletes are responsible for all other athletic apparel (shorts, socks, and sneakers must be worn.)

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Dates: December 12-March 1 (Mondays or Wednesdays)
Time:6:30-8:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee:$85  -Transportation to and from Sub-Regional & Regional competitions PROVIDED.
$75 - Transportation to and from Sub-Regional & Regional competitions NOT PROVIDED. Athletes are responsible for their own transportation to and from the competition.  
Registration: Register online by December 2, 2022

NEW***Special Olympics Cheerleading

Athletes will learn the fundamentals of cheerleading and dance. Coaches will teach the technical elements of motions, jumps, and dance routines. Pierce County Parks will offer cheer practice on Wednesday evenings in Puyallup. All abilities are welcome! 

Please note: Special Olympics Washington has not released winter competition details yet. The 2022 Pierce County Parks cheer practice schedule runs December 7-March 1.

This registration includes practice, sub-regional, and regional competitions, it does not include state competition. If a team qualifies for state competition there will be a separate registration fee. Athletes are responsible for all other athletic apparel (shorts, socks, and sneakers must be worn.) 

All athletes must have an updated Athlete Medical Form before the first practice (which must be completed every 3 years).

Dates: Wednesdays, December 7-March 1
Time:5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Meridian Habitat Park
14422 Meridian E, South Hill Puyallup, WA 98375 (map)
Fee:$95  -Transportation to and from Sub-Regional & Regional competitions PROVIDED.
$85 - Transportation to and from Sub-Regional & Regional competitions NOT PROVIDED. Athletes are responsible for their own transportation to and from the competition.  
Registration: Register online by December 2, 2022

Athletes:

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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Required Athlete Forms: 

  1. Athlete Medical Form (Must be completed every 3 years) 

Volunteers:

Members of the public can volunteer at any of the events. As a volunteer working at a Special Olympics program, you are required to have a background check and complete the Protective Behavior Quiz and Orientation Video /Quiz. Please complete the Special Olympics background check and Protective Behavior Quiz & Orientation Video /Quiz. 

To volunteer, please complete and submit the following:

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How to submit the Pierce County Parks Volunteer form:

Send electronically:

Submit Volunteer Forms


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)

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Questions? Contact:

Karli Schwimmer, Recreation Coordinator
(253) 798-4186 | email