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Special Olympics


Ways to participate:

Athlete: To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics Montana, 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.

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

Unified Partner: Special Olympics Unified Sports® brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities- people of similar age and athletic ability – who train and compete on the same teams.

Coach: Contact Joey Hancock if interested

The following items must be completed prior to 1st Day of Practice:

  • Athlete/Unified Partner/Volunteer Paperwork: Contact Joey Hancock at 570-4170 or email to receive proper paperwork required by Special Olympics
    • Only needs completed once every 3 years
  • Event Registration Form: Complete online registration form on team website





Training Begins

  • 2nd week of September, 2x a week in Hawk Gym at BHS

Area Competition

  • Usually several weeks before State in Billings

State Competition

  • Thursday-Saturday of 2nd week of November





Training Begins

  • Thursday 2 weeks before holiday break at Bozeman Bowl

Regional Bowling Championship

  • 3rd Friday of February in Butte


Winter Snow Sports-December-February

Training Begins

  • Recreational
    • Check Eagle Mount Schedule
  • Competitive
    • Dry Land
      • 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of December at BHS
    • Community Race Day at Bridger or Nastar at Big Sky
      • Big Sky 1st 2 Saturdays after Holiday Break
      • Bridger 1st 2 Sundays after Holiday Break

Area Competition(Recreational and Competitive)

  • Last Monday of the February at Big Sky/Moonlight

State Competition(Competitive Only)

  • 1st week of February in Jackson


Training Begins

  • 2nd week of March/Week before Spring Break
  • Training days/times vary by event

Area Competition

  • Usually 4th week of April
    • Wed-Soccer Tournament at BHS
    • Thurs-Athletics/Track & Field/Bocce in Belgrade
    • Friday-Swimming/Cycling/Equestrian/Golf at various locations

State Competition

  • Usually 3rd week of May, Wednesday through Friday

MHSA Unified Track

  • Takes place on Saturday of State AA track meet
    • Athletes wishing to participate must be in High School and must train with unified partners a minimum of 10 hours

Important Information

  •  Detailed information regarding practice times, locations, registration forms, special events, etc are located on our team website:
  • Each sport has a minimum number of practices students are required by Special Olympics to meet in order to be eligible for competition.
  • All athletes, unified partners, coaches and volunteers are encouraged to help participate in various fundraising opportunities if able

Late registration can only be granted by the Local Program Coordinator and only in situations where circumstances are beyond a family's control.

Note: All athletic uniforms or equipment need to be turned in prior to being allowed to sign up for the next sports season


Joey Hancock
Local Program Coordinator/Head Coach