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Athlete's Corner

A special page for and about our athletes

This page will be regularly updated with any changes to information and with updates from our Council's Athlete's Representative and Global Messengers.  To recieve more information about our offerings, please fill out this FORM

Register as an Athlete

The process for submitting an athlete's registration and medical paperwork is at the button below. 

To ensure athletes are fully eligible for participation in Special Olympics Events,the SOVA office maintains a list of all current medical clearance.  The Area Medical Coordinator handles submission of paperwork, which must be completed IN ADVANCE of the eligibility date and approved.  

Area 26 Medical  / Registration Instructions and Forms

Who is Eligible to Participate in Special Olympics? ​

 To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, you must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction.

Participation is completely free to athletes and families.

SOVA Policy Manual

Proof of Vaccination Status

Area 26 Policy requires all athletes must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR A CURRENT NEGATIVE COVID TEST  to participate in any sports or programs.   Proof of vaccination must be sent to SOVA and Area 26, by sending an email of the picture of your vaccination card to [email protected]


COVID Waiver

Before return to play, ALL Athletes, regardless of their current medical eligibility status must complete and submit the COVID waiver to the medical staff at email [email protected]


Contact Update

 If you want to update your contact information for the medical system (email, phone, etc.) Fill out the form at the button.   

Contact Information Update Form

Unvaccintated Participation

Unvaccinated individuals must submit physical proof of a negative COVID test before participating in ANY Area 26 Special Olympics activity.   

Coaches of unvaccinated athletes should prepare the following screening form each week.

Unvaccinated COVID Screening Form

Area 26 Athlete Representative

Max Hershberger our current Athlete Representative. He acts as the voice of the athletes in Council votes and discussions, and writes the Athlete's Corner column in the Area Newsletter. Jeff is a multi-sport athlete who participates in Basketball, Track,  Football, and Volleyball, 

If you have questions about what it is like to be a Special Olympian, or want to talk about Area 26, you can...

Contact Max

Video Spotlight

Global Messenger Annie Eplee

An Area 26 Global Messenger speaks about her track experience

Athletes In Action

See the latest from your friends in Area 26.  

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(This section will be updated regularly throughout the year.