Experience Inclusion with Special Olympics Maryland
Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. These must be adapted only as necessary to meet the needs of those with mental and physical limitations. Special Olympics believes that consistent training is indispensable to the development of an individual’s sports skills. In addition, competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress, and providing incentives for personal growth.
Mission & Purpose
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives 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. Our purpose is through sport, creating a world where opportunity is not limited by disability.
For the past 27 years, thousands of plungers have jumped into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay all in support of Special Olympics Maryland. Join us this year for the 2024 MSP Polar Bear Plunge!
As a grass-roots organization, we rely on volunteers at all levels of the movement to ensure that every athlete is offered a quality sports training and competition experience. Check out our volunteer opportunities today!
We are back and ready to BEAR THE COLD! Join us for the 25th Deep Creek Dunk on Saturday, February 24th, 2024 at Deep Creek Lake. Join us for a full weekend of fun with Goosebump, Grapes & Growlers on February 23rd.