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Special Olympics Maryland
Just ask any of the over 6,500 athletes 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!
Young Athletes Program
In order to allow children younger than eight years of age (the age one must be to officially compete in any Special Olympics program), Special Olympics has launched an initiative for children with intellectual disabilities ages 2 to 7. Essentially, Young Athletes is a developmentally appropriate play program for young children – one that includes physical activities focused on developing fundamental motor tracking and hand-eye coordination, as well as the eventual application of these physical activities through a sports skills program that aims to develop skills consistent with Special Olympics training and competition standards.
For more information about Young Athletes and how to find a program near you, contact Mackenzie Irvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-242-1515.