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Special Olympics ARPD

The purpose of Special Olympics
is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.  The Albany Recreation and Parks Department offers Special Olympics for adults 21 years and older in Albany-Dougherty County, GA.   There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics. 

Note:  Athletes who are clients of the Albany Advocacy Resource Center (AARC) or enrolled in the Dougherty County Schools (DCSS) compete with Special Olympics Dougherty, for information on Special Olympics Dougherty, contact Karen Beasley at


Special Olympics is the world's largest program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 2 million athletes around the world benefit from participation in Special Olympics. In Georgia, nearly 25,000 athletes are already competing. 

Athletes are required to engage in an eight-week training program prior to any Special Olympics competition to develop fitness and skills and learn rules and strategies from their coaches. 

Athletes –   Contact the local coordinator for further information.   

Unified Partners:  Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and Partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis. 

Current Programs:

Basketball Practice on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Carver Gym. 


Everyone at Special Olympics is a winner!  While our athletes take home medals and awards, our volunteers leave with a wealth of satisfaction, having seen the expressions of joy from our athletes during competition. 

Some of the volunteers positions with Special Olympics - ARPD:

  • Serve as coaches

  • Assist our coaches with sports practices and competitions

  • Act as chaperones for sports practices and competitions

  • Serve as unified sports partners

  • Serve in various positions on our management team  

Coaching: Our Special Olympics athletes need proper training from devoted coaches and assistant coaches.  Coaches go through a short training/certification session that will explain what is expected and what to expect during training. 

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 times per week for 8-10 weeks prior to the state competitions

  • Skills: You DO NOT need to be an expert in the sport you coach. You only need a desire to work closely with the athletes and to help them learn and develop their sports skills. 

For further information on Special Olympics ARPD, please contact Marie Stamps, local coordinator, at 229-430-5222.  


For further information on Special Olympics programs, please visit the following websites:

Special Olympics Georgia
Special Olympics International