Strive Resources

Strive is a fitness assessment tool that is easily implemented to test Special Olympics athletes’ current state of physical fitness. Designed with and validated by exercise science professionals, Strive provides baseline measurements of fitness and can be used to regularly monitor progress or improvement in performance of our athletes, while reinforcing the goal to become more fit.

Strive Overview

The next generation of Special Olympics TRAIN is Strive, a ten station assessment tool created to provide a standard method to measure an athlete’s level of fitness. The starting point of any performance training, the results from Strive can help guide a coach or athlete to develop and implement a training plan. Upon completion of Strive, athletes and coaches will receive Strive Training Cards with exercises they can complete at home or during practice to motivate them to improve their scores, sport performance and overall fitness. After a minimum of eight weeks of training, athletes can complete Strive again to track their progress towards achieving their personal best.

Running Strive

With the Strive Kit, 30’ x 80’ space (9.144 x 24.38 M) and enough volunteers, you can run your very own Strive event. The links below will guide you through successfully hosting your own event.

Coaches Corner Training Cards

The following materials will allow any parent, coach, teacher family member or athlete to learn about the importance of good nutrition and also provides exercise suggestions and instructions to help improve fitness levels.

Strive CORE

Strive CORE has been developed for coaches as a fitness assessment tool that can be utilized at the local team level to assist in improving the performance and fitness of Special Olympics athletes. It was designed to be easily implemented into an eight to ten week season regardless of the sport. Coaches will also have access to educational materials on exercises that can be incorporated into practice or athletes’ training at home to target areas of improvement. Building on the curriculum defined in Strive, the assessment tool validated by exercise physiologists and fitness professionals, Strive CORE is comprised of five baseline assessments of an athlete’s skills and capabilities.

An athlete is first measured prior to beginning a training season. Based on outcomes, coaches can build practice plans and at home workouts for their athletes to use. Near the end of a sport’s season, coaches are encouraged to run Strive CORE again, as a post training assessment to record the athlete improvement and encourage ongoing behavior changes to improve fitness and sport performance.

For More Information

All content is in Adobe PDF. For more information contact Monica Forquer (614) 214-5255 or or Kyle Washburn at (202) 824-0368 or