Duval County

Did You Know

  • Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Check out our Sports pages for more information.
  • We currently serve over 1,000 athletes throughout Duval County.
  • We offer 12 different sports.
  • Our athletes are also invited to participate in Athlete Leadership Programs and Healthy Athletes initiatives.
  • Over 800 people from our community give their time to volunteer with Special Olympics each year.

Save the Date

Mark your calendars. Our athletes are busy! Contact us for more information.

  • County Basketball (Teams Only) – Saturday, December 5, Atlantic Coast High School
  • Athlete Holiday Celebration, Saturday, December 12, ACHS
  • Area 5 Basketball – Saturday, January 9, 2016, Volusia County
  • Polar Plunge + Plunge & Run 5k – Saturday, January 30, 2016, Jacksonville Beach

Athlete Holiday Dinner/Dance Celebration

We’d like to celebrate our Athletes and Unified Partners that participated with us in 2015. What a great year! On Saturday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m., we’ll start the evening off with a dinner donated by ADT Always Cares and Publix Super Markets. Then, we’ll hit the dance floor! Parents and guardians are invited to stay in the Cafeteria to enjoy great conversation and coffee/dessert until their athlete is ready to go (or the dance ends, whichever happens first!). The event is FREE for our athletes and Partners; however, everyone must sign up to attend.

Polar Plunge + Run & Plunge 5K

Announcing our first ever Polar Plunge at Jacksonville Beach! This event will be a traditional plunge; and for the more adventurous winter weather folks, we’re offering a 5k on Jacksonville Beach, where runners transform into plungers as they cross the 5k finish line taking the plunge into the chilly ocean water. Think you have what it takes? Read More>>

Become An Athlete

Know someone who’s over eight years of age and wants to become a Special Olympics Florida – Duval County athlete? Step One: be sure to check the Athlete Eligibility. Step Two: completely fill out our Medical Form and Consent/Release Form. Step Three: fax completed forms to (904) 241-5241. Finally: let us know which sports your athlete is interested in by checking out our Sports pages!

  • If you need assistance getting the Medical Form filled out by a medial professional, we can help. Through the partnership of Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens, we can provide you a voucher to receive a free sports physical at a location near you. Request a sports physical voucher.

Become A Sponsor

Our program is made possible by generous donations made by local businesses, individuals and family members. If you’re interested in being one of our Sponsors, please contact us or read this: 2015 Sponsorship Opportunities to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities. Without you, our programs would not be possible!

Become A Volunteer

Our volunteers are coaches, mentors, day of volunteers, office assistance – you name it, we need YOU! As an organization dedicated entirely to our athletes, we couldn’t do what we do without you. If you’re interested in being more than a “day of” volunteer, please complete our Class A Volunteer Form (fax form and copy of your ID to: (904) 241-5241) and online Protective Behaviors course. Both are needed in order to work directly with our athletes.

Read more about our Volunteer opportunities.  Every Class A Volunteer must also complete our General Orientation online course.  Every Special Olympics Florida coach must now complete an online concussion training. Please click here to begin.


2015 Motivational CalendarThe 2015 Motivational Calendar is Still Available

Our inaugural 2015 Special Olympics Florida – Duval County Motivational Calendar is now ready for you to purchase! The calendar features photos taken by local amateur photographers of our amazing athletes during the 2014 Duval County Summer Games on March 8th. We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful sponsors Southern Oak Insurance and Brumos Motorcars – Thank You! All proceeds from the calendar benefit the amazing athletes of Special Olympics Florida – Duval County.

How to Donate Directly to Duval

Our program is made possible through the generosity of individuals, civic clubs, businesses and corporations both local and across the nation. Our athletes participate in our program at no cost; therefore, without volunteers and donations, the program would not exist.

We accept donations in the form of checks and money orders; or items such as water, food, transportation, office supplies, and shoes for our athletes.

If you would like to make a donation, please either contact us at (904)307-4221 or mail it to:

Special Olympics Florida – Duval County
PO Box 49008
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240

Your generous donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your continued support.