Special Olympics Maryland – Frederick County


As part of the world’s largest sports organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics of Frederick County provides year-round sports training and competitive programs for children and adults.  Through acceptance and friendship, we strive to build communities and change attitudes while bringing real sports experience to the athletes and unified partners of Frederick County. We’re Going To Nationals! The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will be in New Jersey from June 14th to June 21st.  New Jersey will play host to nearly 3,500 athletes, 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers, and 70,000 family and friends and Frederick County will be a part of it all!  Frederick County will be proudly represented in Team Maryland by our Unified Softball Team and individual athletes in bowling, bocce, cycling and golf. Frederick Heat Unified Softball Team The Frederick Heat Unified Softball Team will join 9 other unified and 10 traditional teams from around the country to compete at the National Games for the first time in Maryland’s history! Help our athletes make the trip to Nationals!


frederick golf mentorSpecial Olympics Frederick County serves over 200 athletes through year-round training in 17 competitive sports. Sports programs include track and field, aquatics, bocce, cheerleading, gymnastics, power lifting, softball, tennis, golf, kayaking, alpine skiing, bowling, cycling, flag football, floor hockey, soccer, snow shoeing, and young athletes program. The program is open to individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities. The county offers multiple unified sports teams that bring people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team to compete.

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


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.

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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!


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