Powerlifting is officially one of SODE's spring sports, but several athletes participate year-round to stay in shape. This sport is not just popular with the "heavy lifters," but also with other athletes who use it to build strength for the other sports in which they participate. More than 49,000 athletes participate worldwide in powerlifting.


Try the sport of powerlifting and participate in year-round training with Law Enforcement - and then compete at Summer Games! Powerlifting is a great sport for general fitness AND you can still participate in other sports.

Special Olympics athletes (males and females ages 16 and above). Training will involve weights, dumbbells and machines and is geared for each athlete’s capabilities. All strength levels are welcome.

Trainings begin in early March at a location close to you. Times are TBD, but will be convenient for all. Trainings will be held once or twice a week for an hour each session. There will be a 12-week training period to prepare for Summer Games.

CONTACT: If interested contact Gary Cimaglia at gcimag@udel.edu or 302-831-3481.



Qualifying Meet: Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at CrossFit in Dover

Summer Games: Saturday, May 14 at the University of Delaware    



  • Bench press
  • Squat
  • Deadlift