Play Sports with Special Olympics Maryland

Just ask any of the 15,588 athletes & unified teammates who currently enjoy the life-changing benefits of participation in our free sports training and competition programs throughout the year. Studies have shown that participation in Special Olympics results in improved health and well-being, increased social skills and self-confidence, and even an increase in work skills and the ability to contribute to the community. We see those same results at every practice, qualifier and competition we host – when SOMD athletes are given the opportunity to excel, it doesn’t matter what the final score is, the end result is always a victory. We have free programs available to all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, beginning as early as age 2.

Be a fan of fun, dignity, empowerment, and strength, and get involved today!

 Get Registered!

1. Connect with your Area Program

Area Programs form sports teams and offer opportunities throughout the year.  Let them know you are ready to compete!

2. Complete the required paperwork

Complete registration packets must be submitted before you can start participating!  Complete the Athlete Registration Packet if you have a documented Intellectual or Developmental Disability.  Complete the Unified Teammate Registration Packet if you do not.   A Minute Clinic voucher for a discounted medical is also available if an athlete or family needs that. 

3. Submit the required paperwork to your Area Program

Before submitting please make sure that all paperwork is complete.  Programs cannot accept incomplete registration packets. 

General Resources

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Young Athletes


Unified Sports

Coaches Resources

Whether you are a weekend-only recreational enthusiast, current or former high school or college athlete, or simply a sports junkie, there is no better way to combine a love of sports with the rewards of volunteer service than by becoming a coach for Special Olympics Maryland. If you want to make a positive difference in a fun and meaningful way, join the community of SOMD Coaches!

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