Welcome to Special Olympics

Click menu items at top for more information about our Delaware County program.

Click on this image for details about the December 29th Ric Koehler Athlete and Volunteer Appreciation Brunch and Sports Banquet. Nominate a volunteer or athlete!

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This website is where the most recent information about events, outings, athlete information, etc. is shown. Please bookmark our web site and come back often to see what’s happening. Check right side bar for any important updates to schedules or events (such as weather cancellations).

Please use menu options at top of screen to see details about out program (note many options have additional selections under main topic).


Summary for Volunteers:

Volunteers are needed in many areas. Coaches, Coach Assistants, team managers, event volunteers, management team members (public relations fund raising, volunteer recruitment, etc). Without volunteers, there is no athlete training nor competitions.

To get started as a Delaware County volunteer, click HERE to see all the steps involved.

                    Protective Behavior Training Is Required
All volunteers are asked to log on to the VSYS volunteer site and complete the on-line training. For the protection of our athletes, this should be the first training each volunteer take.


Summary for athletes:

Athlete Application
Athletes can access application forms and completion instructions on this site.
Please remember to mail the original to the program address, and your head coach should  only receive a copy in order to participate.

Applications that are not on file at the Special Olympics Office will disqualify the athlete for both the training and this years events. If you have questions, view the medical instruction page or email us. Enrollment Package

View a Villanova student filmmakers followed athletes for 15 weeks to show the joys and challenges faced by those with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers, along with the life-changing support system offered by Special Olympics.
Click here to read the article and watch their video.

Athlete Leadership Team
Athlete Leadership Team participation is available for athletes 18 and over. Email DelcoSpecialO@comcast.net for more information.


Program Costs
Did you know the program pays over $5,000 for public School District owned training facilities each season for training swimming alone? $7,000 for buses to one competition? Over $7,000. for games of bowling! New Fundraising Events Listing

Fundraising Events
Check Our Fundraising page for current events

An award is presented annually to the volunteer (non-athlete) who has shown outstanding commitment to Delaware County Special Olympics. The recipient must be an active participant in the program for at least 3 years, and show the qualities exhibited by Ric throughout his Special Olympics’ career. These qualities include but are not limited to dedication, dignity, selflessness, respect, leadership, to Special Olympics…their athletes and families. Nomination ballot will be here once award program is scheduled.

Watch out for other fundraising events throughout the year such as:  Pancake Breakfast, Bingo Night, etc.

Speakers Bureau Need a speaker for your organization, company or United Way kick-off? Our athlete “Global Messengers” are anxious to show off their speaking skills. Email your request or inquiry to DelcoSpecialO@comcast.net.