Special Olympics

Ability Beyond’s Special Olympics program offers 12 different teams for year-round sports training. Athletes practice locally for eight to ten weeks before competing against teams from across Connecticut at Special Olympics of CT events. From individual and team sports to unified sports, the program empowers athletes to develop skills, support one another, and build a sports community. Special Olympics transcends the athletic experience by building confidence, inclusion, respect and friendship.

Who We Serve

More information? email: lisa.hoadley@abilitybeyond.org

We Welcome Atheles of all skill levels and ages

The Games

  • Winter Games sports are held from January to March and include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, traditional basketball team & individual skills.
  • Summer Games sports are held from April to June and include aquatics, athletics (track & field), cycling, soccer and tennis.
  • Fall Festival sports are held from July to September and include bocce, golf, unified softball team and individual skills.
  • Holiday Classic sports are held from September to November and include bowling and unified basketball team.

How To Get Involved

Individuals of all skill levels and ages are welcome on our Special Olympic teams, regardless of whether they’re involved in other programs at Ability Beyond.

Transportation to and from practices and games may be provided by group homes or guardians who are responsible for athletes at these events.

Interested parties should contact lisa.hoadley@abilitybeyond.org to sign up for a sport.

Special Olympics of CT requires a release and physical before the sport season begins. Completed paperwork may be emailed to emilyp@soct.org or lisa.hoadley@abilitybeyond.org or mailed to: Special Olympics of CT, Attn: Emily Pitney, 2666 State Street Suite 1, Hamden, CT 06517

  • Stories of Ability

    Special Olympics provides opportunities to people of all abilities to participate in a safe and accepting, yet competitive environment”


  • Stories of Ability

    The joy, excitement of the achievement when any of the individuals do well or try their best, puts the biggest smile inj my heart.”


  • Stories of Ability

    The Special Olympics is a great program for our kids. My daughter loves to go to soccer and track and now swimming. It makes her so happy…”

    of Athlete