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Lucas County Special Olympics

NW Ohio Regionals
Lucas County Lightning athletes at the opening ceremonies of the Northwest Ohio Regional Championships.

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.

For more information, you can email or call 419-380-5109.

It’s a chance for personal growth and inclusion through healthy community activities.

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Available Sports

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)
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Cheer
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

Volleyball Traditional 2023 Schedule

Katie and Heather

Volleyball Modified 2023 Schedule

Heather and Aleesha
Special Olympics at GCM

Special Olympics Athletes and Coach run Glass City Marathon

Lucas County Special Olympics athletes Dominique Larde and Wyatt Serrato and their coach Amber Harmon ran the Glass City Marathon on Sunday, April 23! The three have been training together for this race since September. This was Amber's third marathon, Dom's second, and Wyatt's first. Amber is also a volunteer coach for our Lightning basketball, softball, and track teams.


basketball semi finals

Final Four Finish for Lucas DD Basketball

A Final Four finish for our Lucas County Special Olympics/ Toledo EE Pi Kappa Alpha/ Wood Lane - Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities Unified Intramural Basketball team at the NIRSA National Basketball Championships!

Congratulations to all!

A Team Playing Basketball

Lightning Leaders

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

If you are a Special Olympics athlete and would like to become a Lightning Leader, please contact Eric Bostelman at 419-380-4022 or

State Flag Football Championships
Lucas County athletes along with University of Toledo students battled in the Glass Bowl to claim the title of Unified Flag Football Champions.


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

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