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Special Olympics Southern California

  • 805.884.1516
  • 423 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA


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Special Olympics Southern California is a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. It is one of 52 Chapters within the United States and part of Special Olympics, Inc., which serves 3 million athletes in 180 countries worldwide.

The mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Track & Field
  • Aquatics
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Bocce

Special education students break through finish-line tape with their arms wide open during Special Olympics Santa Barbara’s school competitions. The events, though, aren’t just about competing in track and field. They are about fun, acceptance, inclusion and courage. Special Olympics Santa Barbara is proud to partner with numerous school districts, including Carpinteria, Hope, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Ynez, Solvang and County Special Education.


Special Olympics Santa Barbara is searching for volunteer coaches and assistant coaches to help with the fall sports season set to begin in August. Sports for youth and adults include Bowling, Floor Hockey, Soccer, Softball and Tennis.

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