Eligible athletes are all children and adults, at least eight-years-old, with an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay, or a closely related developmental disability. There is no maximum age limit. Children ages six and seven may participate in Special Olympics training, but may not compete.

All Special Olympics programs are offered at no cost to our athletes.

Eligible athletes have functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills. This typically includes all individuals with intellectual disabilities, combination deaf-blindness, autism, traumatic brain injury, and most individuals with cerebral palsy and specific learning disabilities.


If you would like to participate in Special Olympics Frederick County complete a short interest form so we can learn more about you and the sports in which you are interested!

All persons who meet the eligibility requirements must first complete the Athlete Application for Participation and Health History Form (a.k.a. Athlete Medical History Form). This form must be completed once every three years.

If you are currently an athlete and your medical history form is expired, download the Application for Participation and Healthy History form (link above).  Athletes cannot practice unless we have a valid medical form, signed by your physician, on file.