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Special Olympics

Special Olympics provides year-round sports, training, and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Belton Special Olympics is fully sponsored through the Belton School District's athletics and activities. Belton Special Olympics is an inclusive activity and provides unified sports. Unified Sports are designed to bring together equal numbers of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team with others of similar skill levels. 


Special Olympics Missouri says that athletes must be at least eight years old to participate, and they must be identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following:

  • Intellectual disability
  • Closely related development disability, which means having functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills such as recreation, work, independent living, self-direction, or self-care.

People with functional limitations based solely on a physical, behavioral, emotional, specific learning disability, or sensory disability are not eligible.


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