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Lucas County Special Olympics

A Sports Team Winning Medals

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.

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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

Coach Pitch Softball

Coaches Amber, Aleesha, Andrae

Traditional Softball

Coach Rob Heather and Kelly
Skills softball competition

Lucas County Lightning takes 3rd at State Softball Tournament

The Lucas Lightning softball team traveled to Sports Force Park in Sandusky Ohio for the state softball tournament that took place September 10th. Our team played with such heart and never gave up against two very tough teams. 

We also had 4 skills players also traveled to Sandusky to compete in their events. They also did amazing coming home with 3 gold medals and one silver. 

!2022 Lucas County Lightning Traditional Softball Team

Dominique Larde and Amber Harmon

Lucas County Special Olympics Athlete and Coach compete in Glass City Marathon

Dominique Larde and Amber Harmon trained for the past 18 weeks to compete together in the Glass City Marathon that took place on Sunday April 24th. Dom and Amber ran the full marathon which is 26.2 miles! They finished the race in 5 hours and 25 minutes. Amber Harmon has been a Special Olympics Coach/Volunteer for the past 6 years and Dom has been with Special Olympics for the past 8 years. We are so proud of the hard work you both put into this!! Great Job!

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

A Team Playing Basketball


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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