A special page for and about our athletes
This page will be regularly updated with any changes to information and with updates from our Council's Athlete's Representative and Global Messengers. To recieve more information about our offerings, please fill out this FORM
Who is Eligible to Participate in Special Olympics?
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, you must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions:
intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required
specially designed instruction.
Participation is completely free to athletes and families.
Register as an Athlete
The Special Olympics Virginia website has all of the information on what paperwork and steps are required to become a Special Olympian. Once the process is complete, Area 26 will become involved in finding teams and placement for local members.
NOTE: When complete and signed by a physician, all Medical Paperwork must be submitted to Barb DeLisa. If you want to update your contact information for the medical system (email, phone, etc.) Fill out this FORM.
Area 26 Athlete Representative
Jeff Cogswell is our current Athlete Representative. He acts as the voice of the athletes in Council votes and discussions, and writes the Athlete's Corner column in the Area Newsletter. Jeff is a multi-sport athlete who participates in Basketball, Football, Volleyball,
He is also a prize-winning fisherman.
If you have questions about what it is like to be a Special Olympian, or want to talk about Area 26, you can...
Global Messenger Annie Eplee
An Area 26 Global Messenger speaks about her track experience