What is Special Olympics?
Special Olympics offers year-round sports and athletic competition for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Athletes may participate in local competitions to earn chances to compete at regional, state and national levels. Athletes train and practice for competition based on different skill levels.
It’s a chance for personal growth and inclusion through healthy community activities.
Currently, Lucas County offers sports at no cost to the athletes (except for alpine skiing, golf and bowling). In addition, we offer golf and bowling as unified sports. (Individuals with and without disabilities participate together.)
- Alpine skiing
- Aquatics (swimming)
- Flag football
- Power lifting
- Track and field
Athlete leadership empowers athletes to develop leadership skills and utilize their voices and abilities to take an active role in planning for the growth and development of Special Olympics. Lucas County Lightning Leaders:
- Are members of the Athlete Input Council
- Help plan Lucas County events
- Volunteer in their communities
- Mentor and support other athletes
- Train other athletes in leadership
- Help with fundraisers
- Can train to be coaches
- Talk to community groups about Special Olympics
- Announce and present awards at events
As a nonprofit agency, Lucas County Special Olympics relies on donations and fundraisers to provide individual and team sports at no cost to the athletes. All donations directly benefit the athletes by paying for things like registration fees, uniforms, equipment, travel and lodging.
Donations can be sent to:
Lucas County Special Olympics
c/o Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1154 Larc Lane
Toledo, OH 43614