For more information on Stark DD Special Olympics programs, visit their website at

Download the Current Sports Schedules:

2023 Track and Field Schedule

2023 Bocce Schedule

Special Olympics Motto: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Special Olympics believes that through sports training and competition among those of equal abilities, people with developmental disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large is united in understanding, equality, respect and acceptance.

Stark DD Special Olympic programs are open to those 8 years of age and older who live in the Stark County community, and are eligible to receive Board Services. Students attending either Board or public school programs, and adults attending Board programs or those in our community are welcome!

Currently, Stark DD participates in seven internationally recognized Special Olympics sports: Basketball (Men’s and Women’s), Bowling, Track & Field, Bocce, Swimming, Flag Football and Softball. There is also a developmental program designed for persons with more severe handicaps, emphasizing training and participation more than competition.

How do you sign up to be a part of Stark DD Special Olympics?

  1. Download and complete the Stark DD Special Olympics Application. Don’t forget to complete the physical examination form. Return all forms to Paula Gardner, Coordinator, 2950 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44708. Once completed forms are returned and approved you will receive a welcome letter for the Special Olympics Coordinator and you may begin signing up for sports teams.
  2. Pick which sport you wish to play and attend a Sign-Up Day. These Sign-Up dates will be posted on our Calendar of Events found on our homepage. Some sport teams may be limited on the number of athletes that can be accommodated; in that case there will be waiting lists to play.
    Sports seasons include: Bowling (runs April – June) / Track & Field (runs April – June) \ Bocce (runs April – June) \ Softball (runs July through September) \ Swimming (runs December – March) \ Basketball (runs December – March)
  3. Attend the events! Each sport will include practices, competitions, and State events. Coaches will supply calendars for the team. Banquets follow each sport to celebrate the season. Each team has trained coaches to make it a great experience.

SOOH Athlete Medical & Release Form

2023 About Special Olympics brochure

How can you help with Special Olympics?

If you would like to assist Special Olympics programs through your donation of time or money, please contact the Special Olympics Coordinator Paula Gardner at (330) 479-3794 or download the Special Olympics volunteer packet for more information.