Become an Athlete
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
– Special Olympics Athlete Oath
Whether your interest is competitive or social in nature, we want you on our team. Our focus is on real sports, competition, athletes, and achievements.
Special Olympics Maine organize and run year-round athletic training and nearly 100 competitions each year for athletes of all ages at no cost to our participants. Anyone age 8 or older who has an intellectual disability can become a Special Olympics athlete.
Athletes age 2-7 are eligible to participate in our Young Athletes™ Program.
Confirm you’re eligible.
- SOME Athlete Eligibility Policy – Find out about our age and disability requirements to train and compete as a Special Olympics athlete.
- SOME Athlete Participation Policy – Find out about our requirements to participate in our program.
To participate in training and competition, all athletes are required to complete a Medical, Release form and Communicable Disease Waiver. Athletes must have a licensed health professional complete and sign the medical exam prior to ANY participation (this includes training, competitions, virtual activities etc.) Existing athletes are required to submit an updated medical form every 3 years to clear participation.
Get in the Game
Find a Special Olympics Area Program near you and contact your Area Manager to start training!
Already an athlete? Visit our Athlete Resources section for helpful forms and information.
Questions about competing and training as a Special Olympics athlete? Contact us!