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. Eligible athletes are identified by an agency or professional as having:

Complete a SOMaine Athlete Registration

To participate in training and competition, all athletes are required to complete a release and medical form.  The medical form is required to be updated every 3 years. All new athletes must have a doctor sign the form to clear participation.  Send your completed form to Mike Littlefield, Program Director, in our State office by mail, email, or fax.
Fax: 1-888-490-0672
Mail: Special Olympics Maine
525 Main St Unit D
South Portland, ME 04106

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!