Special Olympics Maryland – Harford County



Special Olympics Maryland – Harford County (SOMD-HA) provides a year-round training and competitive sports program for Harford County children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related developmental disabilities. The county provides training and competitions in:

  • Aquatics: February- June
  • Athletics: April- June
  • Basketball: January- March:
  • Bocce: January- June
  • Bowling: September- December
  • Cheerleading: February-June
  • Equestrian: March-May
  • Golf: June- September
  • Kayaking: June- October
  • Alpine Skiing & Cross Country Skiing: December-March:
  • Soccer: July- October
  • Softball: April- June

Eligible athletes are all children and adults, at least eight years old, with intellectual disabilities, a cognitive delay, or a closely related developmental disability. Eligible athletes have functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills. Children ages six and seven may participate in Special Olympics training but may not compete.

Athlete Interest Form

Athlete Application

Join us as an athlete, partner, coach or volunteer!

*Special Olympics Maryland is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). EIN: 23-7089144

pageChildren and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They grow mentally, socially and spiritually and, through their activities, exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents but “their voices” as well.


The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for citizens with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


The vision of Special Olympics Maryland is to help bring Special Olympics athletes into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens.


The following six values guide all decisions and actions taken by Directory, volunteers, and athletes.

  • Community – We attempt to connect our athletes with their local COMMUNITY as much as possible. We use community facilities; we generate local publicity, and we portray the athletes and their families as local heroes Connections and bridges are formed.
  • Friendships – We encourage FRIENDSHIPS among athletes and families throughout Special Olympics. We also encourage friendships with athletes without disabilities through their commonality of sport. The goal is friendships for life.
  • Integrity – Athletes develop INTEGRITY by doing the right thing.
  • Opportunity – All Special Olympics athletes are given the OPPORTUNITY to excel.
  • Quality – Opportunity occurs through QUALITY sports training and Olympic-type competition.
  • Sportsmanship – We follow the rules of the game by demonstrating good SPORTSMANSHIP and fairness for all.

Management Team

  • Currently hiring for an Area Director for Special Olympics Harford County.  Please email jamie.valis@gmail.com for more information.
  • Acting Area Director- Jamie Valis: jamie.valis@gmail.com


Support Us

2017 Inspiration Walk and 5k Run

September 10th at 8:30am at Ripken Stadium.


Register here: http://harfordcounty.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1174499

Syd’s ChallengeSyd's Email

Syd Lea is an athlete from Carroll County that wanted to give something back to Special Olympics. So he sat down with his mom and asked her what he could do. They came up with the idea to give a little something back every month. So Syd is donating one hour of his pay every month to Special Olympics Maryland in Carroll County. For Syd, that’s $11.41.

Syd’s friend Christine, who is an athlete in Howard County, heard about what Syd is doing and has decided she will make a monthly donation to Special Olympics Maryland in Howard County. If Syd can do it, so can she. For Christine, that’s $8.25 month.SOMD email 4 image

So that’s the challenge. Consider giving something back every month to Special Olympics Maryland. You can choose to have it go to athletes in your county program, or you can support athletes and initiatives across the state of Maryland. It’s up to you.

Just click here to get started and make your 1st monthly donation today!


Volunteer Forms:

Volunteer Application

Student-Minor Reference Form

Special Events

 Events Calendar


Contact Us

Name Role Email (1) Email (2)
Jamie Valis Assistant Area Director harfordcounty@somd.org jamie.valis@gmail.com


fbLike us on Facebook.  



 Harford Mutual_square

J P LOGO croppedlogo-1BAAC Logo