Through sport, creating a world where opportunity is not limited by disability.

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.

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Interested in getting involved with Special Olympics Maryland and competing in one of our many sports? Click below to see how you can get involved.


See the other programs besides sports training that we have available to all Marylanders. With all of these programs, we are building communities of dignity and respect for all.


Special Olympics would not exist today without the commitment of volunteers. With opportunities for individuals and groups, find out how you can make a big impact in the community.

“Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

-Special Olympics Athlete Oath

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.

Upcoming Events

2024 Polar Bear Plunge

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!

Volunteer Opportunities

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!

2024 Deep Creek Dunk

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.

You can find all of Special Olympics Maryland's upcoming events and online activities HERE.