Special Olympics North America Move Challenge September 13, 2021 - November 7, 2021

Start tracking your minutes of exercise on Sept. 13 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 can compete as:

  • Individuals (Special Olympics athletes only)
  • Doubles (traditional or Unified)
  • Teams (traditional, Unified or College, 3-10 people total). Unified teams must be at least 25% athletes and 25% Unified partners.

WHEN: Participant registration opens August 1 and closes September 5. The SONA Move Challenge runs September 13 - November 7, 2021.

HOW: Keep track of how many minutes you exercise each week (Monday-Sunday).

Report your minutes of exercise every Monday through the survey to earn a spot on the leaderboards. There will be 4 different leaderboards: Individual leaderboard, Doubles leaderboard, Team leaderboard and College leaderboard.

Get active during the SONA Move Challenge!

Step 1: Pick a way to be active and keep track of how many minutes you exercise!

Step 2: Add up all the minutes you've exercised in a week and report that total on Monday! Reporting starts Monday, September 20.

Step 3: Share how you're exercising and participate in our fun social challenges when you use #SONAMove on social media.


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 SONA Move Challenge, tell everyone on social media!

Use #SONAMove on social media so you can connect with other people who are joining the Challenge.

Exercise Videos

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

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.

Learn how our friends in Special Olympics Nippon (Japan) are staying active through a virtual marathon!

Click here to learn more.