Special Olympics Hamilton County Facts


  • Special Olympics Hamilton County (SOHC) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization accredited by Special Olympics Inc. — one of 52 accredited entities operating in the United States.
  • SOHC is a local and an area chapter, under the division of Special Olympics Ohio. It is totally dependent on donations, personal contributions and corporate sponsorship from the local community. SOHC is not subsidized by Special Olympics,Inc. nor is it affiliated with United Way.
  • SOHC ensures that the highest possible percentage of donations goes directly to programs offered to Special Olympics athletes. Volunteers fill typical staff roles to keep administration costs at a minimum.
  • SOHC offers 25 different year-round athletic and recreational programs within Hamilton County.
  • SOHC relies on a staff of four and nearly 600 community volunteers to assist with programs and administrative duties.
  • SOHC serves 1,800 athletes with intellectual disabilities.
  • There is no maximum age limitation for participation in SOHC. The minimum age requirement for participation in competition and training is 8 years old.
  • For children 2 years old through 7 years old, we offer a non-competitive Young Athletes Program.
  • Special Olympics athletes receive a minimum of eight weeks of training from volunteer coaches in their chosen sport(s) prior to competitions.
  • There are over 100 certified Special Olympics coaches currently participating in SOHC.
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