Special Needs Program

The Parks and Recreation Department's Special Needs Program is designed to offer athletic and social events for people with intellectual disabilities. Interested individuals can participate in athletic events as part of Special Olympics. Athletes with special needs are welcome as well as typically developing volunteers who would like to participate as a "Unified" partner. The suggested age is 6 and up.

The program is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and Volunteer Coaches and Partners. Dances and socials are organized throughout the year.


Register for Special Needs Program activities.

Challenger Baseball League- Shrewsbury Little League

A fun baseball league for ages 5 to 18* ( age 22 if enrolled in school) run by Shrewsbury Little League for children with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Register with Shrewsbury Little League to join. Email Chip Collins  for more details.

Practices are Tuesday evenings in the spring and games are on Saturdays.

Special Olympics
Participants practice locally and compete state-wide in a variety of sports (see listing). Coaching and instruction is provided by adults with experience suited to the particular sport. Registration and a completed medical form are needed to compete in Special Olympics competitions.

Special Olympics competitive events is open to all people with intellectual disabilities who are at least 8 years old, regardless of the degree of their disability. Athletes may train in the competitive sports at the age of 6; however, they may not compete until the age of 8.
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Shrewsbury Special Needs Program follows the Special Olympics Guidelines for Coaching certification. Please visit the Special Olympics website for more information.

Registration (Athletes & Partners)
Please visit the  Special Olympics website for more registration forms.

Sports Offered
Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Skiing, Soccer, Track & Field, and Volleyball