Frequently Asked Questions
When are the Special Olympics? We’re a year-round organization with 18 competitions and 12 sports.
How much does it cost? Special Olympics Vermont does not charge any of its athletes to participate.
Is my donation tax-deductible? Special Olympics Vermont, Inc. is recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible. Our Federal Tax ID number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 23-7231535
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How many people does Special Olympics Vermont serve? In 2012, we had 935 athletes participate in at least one sport with more than 60% competing in multiple sports.
Who is eligible to participate in Special Olympics? To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, one 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. The Special Olympics Young Athletes program was created for children with intellectual disabilities ages 2 through 7.
Are there differences between Special Olympics and Paralympics? Yes, Special Olympics and the Paralympics are two separate and distinct organizations with specific eligibility requirements.
How can I get involved? Please visit our Become a Volunteer page.
Is Special Olympics Vermont only for kids? No. Special Olympics Vermont has athletes ranging in age 8 through their mid 70’’s.
Do you use third party fundraisers? Yes. We have two partners who raise necessary funds and awareness for our athletes throughout the State. One of these partners sells magazines and we receive a percentage and the other provides telemarketing services for us. The work we do is made more difficult when we are unable to raise the funding to support the services and programs on which SOVT athletes depend.