Connect – Families

At any Special Olympics Maryland event, look just beyond the smiling faces of the athletes and you will see the proud faces of their family members.  That’s because families and the support they provide are vital to the overall well-being of the athletes and the Special Olympics movement in general.

The SOMD family network is critical to the continued success of this organization, as family members so often go above and beyond by volunteering as coaches, chaperones, Management Team Members, fund-raisers, and most of all, vocal and impassioned ambassadors.  Not only are our families providing all the love and support that their athlete needs to be successful, but they are also acting as agents of change within their communities, helping to pave the way for the next generation of athletes so that they may experience tolerance and acceptance.

Together, the SOMD families are making a tremendous difference through their advocacy, and in the process making the world a much better place to live for all of us.  We encourage all family members of children and adults with intellectual disabilities to get involved and be a part of Special Olympics Maryland.  After all, if you are a fan of your sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, grandsons and granddaughters, then you are already a fan of SOMD!

If you want more information on the SOMD Family Program, contact Family Coordinator Susan Holland at or 410-242-1515 ext. 112.