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.

Get Started

Confirm you’re eligible.

Complete SOMaine Athlete Registration Requirements

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!

More Opportunities

Our athletes also have the opportunity to improve their lives off the playing field. Learn more about our Athlete Leadership Program (ALPS)   and our Healthy Athletes® initiative.


Already an athlete? Visit our Athlete Resources section for helpful forms and information.

Contact Us

Questions about competing and training as a Special Olympics athlete? Contact us!