Healthy Athletes is a Special Olympics program that provides free health screenings in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety and trepidation people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a doctor or dentist.

The Healthy Athletes program has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.


If a screening reveals that an athlete needs glasses (including sport glasses) or orthotics, those items are provided to the athlete free of charge (while supplies last), thanks to generous grants provided by health-related companies.

Special Olympics Texas provides approximately 1,500 health screenings annually at the Winter Games, Summer Games and Fall Classic state competitions.

For those interested in becoming a Clinical Director:

Clinical Directors are responsible for working with their local Special Olympics Program and other volunteer health professionals in coordinating event screenings. Read full details here. 

We have teamed up with Branchly to help you find a local clinical director near you. Learn more. 


For Athletes Interested in becoming a Health Messenger: 

A Health Messenger is a Special Olympics athlete who has been trained to serve as a health and wellness leader, educator, advocate and role model within their Special Olympics community or the community at large. Read full details here and SUBMIT YOUR HEALTH MESSENGER request here. 


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If you are interested in being a part of Healthy Athletes please contact