Sports Offered

We are excited about your interest in Gahanna Special Olympics and the potential of sharing the joy of sport and friendly competition with you or your athlete. Special Olympics offers an opportunity to improve physical fitness, interact with peers and peer models, and participate in a structured, but fun, learning environment.


We offer seven core sports – Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Track & Field, and training for athletes eight years of age and up. We are an all-volunteer organization with approximately 75 volunteers, which include many of our parents & guardians, as well as community members and teachers from local school districts.


Have a potential athlete who isn’t yet eight years old? Don’t worry!  We have a Young Athletes Program to provide motor skill training for younger athletes (3-8 yrs. old).

GSO sports provide year-round opportunities for our athletes to experience not only the physical benefits of sports training and competition but also to form wonderful friendships. The social relationships built provide a valuable support system and ‘safety net’ for our athletes and their families.

To participate with GSO, each new athlete must have a medical form completed and signed by the athlete’s physician, providing consent for that athlete to participate safely in physical activity. In addition, all athletes must have a signed copy of our Code of Conduct and Organizational Expectations on file.

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Head Coach:  Jill Evans

When:  Winter

Where:  Royal Manor Elementary School - 299 Empire Drive

Prerequisite:  None


  • Area Basketball Individual Skills Tournament - January

  • State Winter Games (Bowling Green State University) - February

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Head Coach:  Corey Dubin  

When:   Winter  
Where: TBA
Prerequisite: None

Competitions:  None -Practice Only

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Head Coach: Megan Komjati

When:   Fall  
Where: TBD
Prerequisite: None

Competitions:  TBD

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Track & Field

Head Coaches: Tiffany Stewart and John Carper
When: Offered twice a year

  • Spring/Summer – Individual/Team Bowling

  • Fall – Bowling just for fun!

Where:  Gahanna Lanes – 215 W Johnstown Road  Gahanna

Prerequisite: None

  • Spring/Summer 

    • Regional Bowling Tournament - June

    • Summer Games (Ohio State University) - June

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Head Coach: Carl Lonsbrough
When:   Summer (approx. July start)
Where:  Gahanna Municipal Golf Course – 220 Olde Ridenour Rd.
Prerequisite: None

Competitions:  None- Practice Only

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Head Coaches: John Carper and Natalie Hicks
When:  Fall/Winter
Where: Gahanna YMCA – 555 YMCA Place
Prerequisite: Athlete must know how to swim prior to starting training with GSO. GSO does not provide swim lessons.

  • Qualifier for State Winter Games - December

  • Fun Meet -  January

  • State Winter Games (Bowling Green State University) - February

Events: GSO trains and competes in a number of Aquatics events. Typical events include (but are not limited to):

     25M Freestyle                              100M Breaststroke  

     50M Freestyle                              200M Backstroke

     50M Backstroke                           4x25M Medley Relay

     25M Fly                                          4x25M Freestyle Relay

     100M Fly                                       25M Back Stroke


Head Coach: Heather Turner
When: Spring/Summer
Where (Coach Heather will confirm location before the start of the season):

  • Gahanna Middle School West 350 N. Stygler Rd.

  • OR Middle School East – 730 Clotts Rd.

Prerequisite: None
Competitions: Track & Field has two qualifying meets and the State Summer Games.

  • Qualifiers for Summer Games:

    • Watkins High School Track Meet – Early May

    • Columbus Classic (Whetstone High School Columbus, OH) – Early May

  • State Summer Games (Ohio State University) – Late June

Events: GSO trains and competes in a number of track and field (throwing) events. Typical events include (but are not limited to):

  • Track

    • 25M Independent Walk

    • 25M Wheelchair Race

    • 50M Dash

    • 100M Dash

    • 4×100 Relay

  • Field

    • Softball Throw

    • Mini-Javelin

    • Shotput

    • Standing Long Jump