School Program

 2018/2019 School Year

Mission of Special Olympics Alaska School Program

To provide opportunities to Alaska youth through a partnership with Alaskan schools that supports the above mission; to provide opportunities for youth with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in activities together; and to provide opportunities for the expertise and experience of Alaska Schools and Special Olympics Alaska to benefit from each other in working toward building lifelong skills through inclusive opportunities.

Special Olympics Alaska Programs

Special Olympics Alaska works directly with teachers and students to provide the following programs.

  • Partners Club®: A Special Olympics Alaska sponsored school based club for students with and without intellectual disabilities. This club offers social, recreational and sports opportunities.
  • Unified Sports®: An initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (Partners) on sports teams for training and competition.
  • Motor Activities Training Program:  A motor skills program designed for students with significant disabilities. The training program sets long and short term objectives and focuses on the student achieving their personal best.
  • Young Athlete Program: This program is a developmentally appropriate play program for children with intellectual disabilities two though seven.  The school based program focuses on the following skills: Foundational Skills, Walking and Running, Balancing and Jumping, Trapping and Catching, Throwing, Striking, Kicking, Advanced Skills
  • Special Olympics Get Into It!:  A free, nationally endorsed curriculum resource kit for students with and without intellectual disabilities.  The kit addresses standards, character education, positive youth development, and service learning by involving students in learning about persons with intellectual disabilities and Special Olympics.
  • Transition:  A component that focuses on working alongside students, families and teachers in ensuring post-secondary access to Special Olympics Alaska and other sports/fitness programs in the community


For more information contact:

  • Joanna Paris
  • School Program Manager
  • 3200 Mountain View Dr.
  • Anchorage, AK  99501
  • [email protected]
  • 1-888-499-7625 (toll free in Alaska)
  • 1-907-222-7625 (ext 606)
  • 1-907-222-6200 (fax)