Dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals in Greater Ottawa with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport

Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) is a volunteer driven organization with over 20,000 athletes and 10,000 volunteers registered across the province. Athletes can participate from 8 years of age and have the opportunity to train in 19 core sports offered in the Ottawa Area. Active start and FUNdamentals programs are available for athletes starting at age 2.

SOO - Ottawa has over 1000 registered athletes and volunteers participating in community sport programs. Every facet of our community is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

Fall/Winter 2024-25 Sports Registration – Coming Soon! 

We will be accepting registration to the Fall/Winter 2024-25 program lottery between August 1st and August 31st!

Due to the overwhelming success with online registration, this will continue to be the preferred method for registration. Details will also be provided about opportunities for in-person and mail-in registration for those unable to register online.

Please continue to watch our website for any updates.

Fall/Winter Programs:

Please note that athletes who are successful with registration (i.e., you are accepted through the lottery) will be contacted by their coach to confirm registration, start date / time / location / any special instructions! 

Waiver and registration forms available below.

Spring/Summer 2024 Sports Registration

Initial registration for Spring/Summer 2024 programs is now closed. Coaches will be contacting anyone who registered before the planned start date. 

For athletes who were successfully admitted through the lottery:

Coaches will be in contact with you to confirm successful admission and provide you with program details. This includes:

For athletes who were not successfully admitted through the lottery:

Coaches will contact you to confirm that you have not been admitted into the program yet. The coach will let you know if your name has been added to a waitlist and information about refunds.

Anyone registering after April 30th will be placed on a waitlist and not eligible for entry through the lottery. As most of our programs reached capacity through the initial registration period, athletes who missed the deadline are encouraged to email the Athlete Registrar. Those wishing to proceed with registration can do so online. There is no fee to register for a waitlisted program.

1. Online - via

a. Payment options: credit card, visa debit, Google pay

b. Please register one athlete at a time

c. Important: Please save your receipt when it is mailed to you. Receipts are mailed directly to the email provided at registration.

Summer Sport Programs: 

See our registration FAQs and Registration Form: 

Participant Waiver Media Opt Out Form Updated Dec 1 2021.pdf
Summer Registration Form -2024.pdf

Volunteer With Us

We're looking for some awesome volunteers to join the SOO - Ottawa family! There are a variety of volunteer positions to choose from. Check out how you can volunteer with us. 

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Special Olympics Ontario - Ottawa supports more than 650 athletes with intellectual disabilities. We're dedicated to enriching the lives of Ottawans with an intellectual disability through sport by promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity. Our athletes have competed at the local, provincial, national and world levels, and this wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our community.