Special Olympics North America Move Challenge MARCH 15, 2021 - MAY 9, 2021

Register for the Special Olympics North America (SONA) Move Challenge!

SONA Move Challenge Details

WHAT: Special Olympics North America presents the SONA Move Challenge, an 8-week movement challenge to see how many minutes of exercise participants can complete each week.

WHO: Participants will have the choice of competing as an Individual (Special Olympics athletes only), Doubles (traditional or Unified), or as part of a Team (traditional or Unified, 3-10 people total). Unified teams must be at least 25% athletes and 25% Unified partners.

WHEN: Participant registration opens February 15 and closes March 14. The SONA Move Challenge runs March 15 – May 9, 2021.

HOW: After registering, participants keep track of how many minutes they exercise (Monday-Sunday). Every Monday, participants will self-report their minutes via a SmartSheet survey, earning them a coveted spot on Region-wide leaderboards for the different participant groups (Athlete leaderboard, Doubles leaderboard, Teams leaderboard).

Join the SONA Move Challenge!

Step 1: Register to participate.

Step 2: Share that you're joining the Move Challenge on social media!

Step 3: Start brainstorming which ways you'll move and set your minutes goal!

Need some help getting started? Check out our list of movement ideas here. The CDC recommends that children ages 6-17 get 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous activity each day and that adults get 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous activity each week.


Move intentionally! How you get your movement minutes is up to you, but only count minutes where you are intentionally moving for exercise! A walk around the block after dinner counts, but walking around at your job doesn't.

Be Honest! Please provide an honest and accurate account when recording your results.

Be Safe! As you are being active, make sure you follow local COVID-19 protocols and Special Olympics protocols when exercising both inside and outside if around other people. This includes wearing masks and making sure you are exercising where you can be safe from traffic.

Be Social! As you complete activities, please post pictures on social media. Use the hashtag #SONAMove.

Be Encouraging! As people post their activities, pictures, and progress, encourage your fellow challenge members.

Be Brave in the Attempt! Challenge yourself!

Participant Activation Toolkit

Once you've signed up for the SONA Move Challenge, it's time to challenge your friends and family to join you!

Post the statement below to your social media and add a picture! Click here to save the picture.

I just registered for the #SONAMove Challenge. Come move with me! Get started here: https://tinyurl.com/SONAMove. #ChallengeAccepted

Exercise Videos

Need a little help deciding how you want to exercise? Try some of these options!

Program Activation Toolkit



  • Program Reports (coming soon)
  • Program Leaderboard (coming soon)
  • In-progress social media toolkit (coming soon)
  • In-progress social graphics (coming soon)
  • Athlete Leader/Health Messenger social media toolkit (coming soon)
  • Weekly social media engagement themes (coming soon)
  • Celebrity promotional videos
  • Printable minutes tracker