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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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If you have a question that is not listed below, please feel free to contact us! We are
more than happy to answer any questions you may have!


When is Special Olympics?
What is Special Olympics Ohio Greater Dayton's Mission?
How many people does Special Olympics serve?
Is there a fee for Athletes to participate?
What sports do you offer?
Who can participate as an Athlete?
Can my Athlete participate in a sport he or she isn't familiar with?
Where are events held
How can I become an Athlete?
How can I become a Volunteer?
What is the Protective Behaviors Training?
Do I need to take the Protective Behaviors Training?
What is Unified Sports?
Is my donation tax deductable?
Where can I find rules for the events?
Where is the Ohio Special Olympics Greater Dayton located?


When is Special Olympics?
Special Olympics Ohio Greater Dayton is a year-round program of sports training and competition. In any given calendar year, we conduct many events. For a complete listing of events in your area, visit our
events calendar.


What is SOGD’s Mission?  
Special Olympics Ohio Greater Dayton's mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


How many people does Special Olympics serve?  
Special Olympics serves nearly 4 million persons with intellectual disabilities in more than 200 Programs in more than 170 countries
. Currently, Special Olympics Ohio serves more than 23,000 athletes throughout the state of Ohio.

There are more than one million coaches and volunteers in Special Olympics.


Is there a fee for Athletes to participate?  
There is no cost to any athlete to join Special Olympics Ohio Greater Dayton or to compete in any of the competitions. Costs associated with regional and state championships are shared by the Special Olympics Ohio state office and the area programs. Area programs cover the costs of training, uniforms, registration fees and travel for all levels of competition.


Who Can Participate as an Athlete?  
Special Olympics is open to every person with an intellectual disability, regardless of the level or degree of that person’s disability and whether or not that person also has other mental or physical disabilities.

Athletes must be at least 8 years old to compete at a sports competition. Athletes between 5–7 years of age can come out for practices, but cannot compete. There is no “cap” on how old an athlete can be. We have some very active athletes who are in their 50s and 60s and some are still going strong in their 70s!


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What sports do you offer?  
Athletes can choose from 11 different sports that are offered throughout the year: Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rollerskating, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Track & Field and Unified Team Sports. Athletes can participate in as many sports as they wish. Go to the
S.O. Sports page to find out about your favorite sport!


Can my Athlete participate in a sport he or she is not familiar with?  
Absolutely! Special Olympics firmly believes that everyone can benefit from being part of a team, no matter their skill level. Our coaches and volunteers will work with your athlete to teach them the skills they need to participate in their sport of choice.



Where are events held?  
Events are held throughout the State of Ohio.


How can I become an Athlete?  
Visit our
Athlete section to enroll.


How can I become a Volunteer?  
You may submit a Volunteer request form on our
Volunteer page!


What is the Protective Behaviors Training?  
Protective Behaviors is a training program for volunteers to help prevent the sexual, physical and emotional abuse of Special Olympic athletes. It consists of an 18 page online training and then a 10 question test. To complete the training, volunteers must correctly answer 10 out of 10 questions. After you have finished and submitted the test, a confirmation email will be sent to you and SOGD, who will keep a record of your training. 



Do I need to take the Protective Behaviors Training?  
It is MANDATORY that all Class A volunteers, 16 years or older, take the Protective Behaviors Training. Class A volunteers are defined as volunteers who have regular, close physical contact with athletes; volunteers in a position of authority or supervision with athletes; volunteers in a position of trust with athletes; volunteers who handle substantial amounts of cash or other assets of the program. However, we highly encourage ALL volunteers to complete the training because it is an excellent training on how to look out for and prevent the abuse of our athletes
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What is Unified Sports?  
Unified Sports® is a Special Olympics program that brings together people with intellectual disabilities and other non-disabled members of the community on the same sports team. Non-disabled individuals training and competing on Unified Sports® teams are called Unified Sports® Partners.



Is my donation deductable?  
Yes! Special Olympics Ohio Greater Dayton is recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenu Code. 100% of your donation is tax-deductable.


Where can I find rules for the events?  
To get the rules for all Special Olympics events, please visit the
National Special Olympics website!


Where is the Ohio Special Olympics Greater Dayton located?  
We are located at 4130 Linden Ave, Suite 310, Dayton, OH 45432.

 

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