Sports & Competitive Events
Sports is a powerful force. It can shift focus from disability to ability, from isolation to involvement.
SONH is a sports organization promoting true competition in twenty-one sports during four seasons. We believe that sports can teach us all important lessons. When we train and strive for a goal, it teaches us to dream. When we struggle, it teaches us determination. When we win, we find joy. And if we lose, we can find the strength to try again.
Participation begins with Special Olympics Young Athletes™, an early childhood sports play program for children two to seven years old that includes games, songs and other fun physical activities. At age six, athletes may begin to train for traditional Special Olympics programming. By age eight, they are able to compete. Athletes begin by joining one of our 86 Local Programs in New Hampshire. A Local Program is run by a team of volunteers. Trained volunteer coaches hold practices for ten-weeks prior to State Competition. New Hampshire is split into seven areas. Each area will have a management team that works to promote Special Olympics in their part of the state and offers additional competition opportunities through Area Games.
At Special Olympics, we have the same expectations of our athletes as we would have of any other athlete: to try hard, to compete fairly, to follow the rules and to do their best. These expectations help our athletes learn new skills, build confidence and reach their goals – both on and off the playing field.
Please use the links to the left to select a season, then an event for additional information.