In addition to the Special Populations programs and activities, JCPRD participates in the Special Olympics. The JCPRD Rangers, a sponsored Special Olympic team, participates in all 22 seasonal Special Olympics sports. These range from low functioning events such as race walking and bocce ball, to team sports including basketball and baseball. Practices take place once or twice a week, with two tournaments (area games and state) occurring at the end of the regular season.
Our goal as a Special Olympics program is to offer the best possible environment and opportunity for our athletes to succeed in. Our team is a part of the Kansas Special Olympics program, and athletes are eligible to participate at 8 years of age, and must register through JCPRD's online Activities catalog or obtain a copy of the catalog at any Johnson County library. (A Special Olympics physical form must be completed).
Each Special Olympic participant MUST have a current Medical Release Form on file with JCPRD Special Olympics and Special Olympics Kansas prior to participating in any event/training/competition. Medical Release Forms are important for two reasons: First, to have the medical information on hand during training and competition, in case of a medical emergency, and second to ensure that the physician is informed of the athlete’s health history when performing the exam. Medical Release Health Forms must be updated every two years.
This form must be completed and signed by the examining physician for each individual with Down syndrome who desires to participate in any Special Olympics event or competition.