Special Olympics Pierce County

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

  1. Spring Season
  2. Summer Season
  3. Fall Season
  4. Winter Season

Special Olympics Track & Field

Special Olympics Washington offers many track and field events, including hurdle events, marathons, high jump, long jump, shot put, relays, and wheelchair events. The 2022 Pierce County Parks track & field practice schedule runs March 31 - June 16 (12 weeks). 


The Southwest Regional Athletic Competition is scheduled for May 1. The State Spring Games are scheduled for June 17-19, 2022. When you register for Track it includes one practice/week, regional, and state competition. 


When: March 31-June 16, 2022
Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Gray Middle School Track
6229 S. Tyler St. Tacoma, WA 98409 (map)
Fee:$70 (12 week season)
RegisterRegister online by March 22

Special Olympics Soccer

Soccer is a wonderful sport for all abilities. Athletes who participate in soccer are able to improve their overall physical fitness through training and competition, and athletes learn firsthand the benefits of playing as a team, which promotes communication, camaraderie, and friendship.


The 2022 Pierce County Parks soccer practice schedule runs March 30-June 15 (12 weeks). The Southwest Regional Athletic Competition is scheduled for May 1. The State Spring Games are scheduled for June 17-19. When you register for soccer it includes one practice/week, regional, and state competition. 


When: March 30-June 15, 2022
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 PM
Location:Chambers Creek Regional Park (Upper soccer fields east of the building)
9850 - 64th St. W, University Place WA 98467 (map)
Fee:$70 (12 week season)
Register:Register online by March 22

Questions? Contact:

Karli Schwimmer, Recreation Coordinator

(253) 798-4186  | email


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:

  • 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 Athlete Forms

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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. 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)

Questions? Contact:

Karli Schwimmer, Recreation Coordinator

(253) 798-4186  | email