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

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!