Be an Athlete

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.

We 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.

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

– Special Olympics Athlete Oath

Get Started
Confirm you’re eligible. Eligible athletes are identified by an agency or professional as having:

Complete an 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.

Mail: Special Olympics Maine
125 John Roberts Rd Suite 5
South Portland, ME 04106
Fax: 1-888-490-0672

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.

Join Us
Want to be an athlete? A coach? A volunteer? A supporter?
Find out what’s happening near you, and help us transform lives through the joy of sport.
Find Special Olympics Near You

Contact Us
Questions about competing and training as a Special Olympics athlete? Contact us!
Sport & Program Director
Lauren Lessard
207-879-0489 x 13
1-888-490-0672 (fax)

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