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Lucas County Special Olympics

Liam makes a basket
The Little Lightning basketball team scoring a basket in January 2024.

What is Special Olympics?

Lucas County Special Olympics is a nonprofit organization operated by the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities as part of Special Olympics Ohio, which offers year-round athletic competition for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Athletes participate locally during the regular season and strive for postseason berths in Special Olympics' regional, state and national tournaments.

For more information, you can email or call 419-380-5109. If your athlete is between the ages of 8-15 years old, please email Little Lightning athletes can click here to access information about sports options.

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

Registration for Spring Sports is open from February 14 - March 8.

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Available Sports

Lucas County Special Olympics offers the below sports as well as unified (Individuals with disabilities playing with typical individuals) basketball, bowling, and golf. Note: Asterisked sports are only offered to athletes who are 16 years and older.

  • Alpine skiing*
  • Aquatics (swimming)
  • Basketball*
  • Bocce*
  • Cheer
  • Flag football*
  • Bowling (ages 8-15 only)
  • Golf
  • Power lifting*
  • Softball*
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball*


LCSO Volleyball Modified

Coaches Aleesha, Kristen, and Paige

LCSO Volleyball Traditional

Coach Katie
2023 Coach Pitch Champions

Lucas County Coach Pitch team wins States

Lucas County Special Olympics Coach Pitch team made it to the State competition on September 17 and won! Congratulations to the team and coaches on a game well played and a sweet ending to a fabulous season. Way to go Lightning!


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 organization, Lucas County Special Olympics relies on donations and fundraisers to provide 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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