Special Olympics Maryland Facts

A great way to solicit donations is to include information about where your donors’ money is going! Every dollar raised from the Polar Bear Plunge directly supports the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. See below for some data points that you can use in your fundraising campaigns:

  • “Special Olympics Maryland” is the official name of our organization. Not “Special Olympics of Maryland”, “the Special Olympics of Maryland”, or “Maryland Special Olympics”
  • 15,588 athletes and UnifiedĀ® teammates train & compete in Maryland
  • Special Olympics Maryland offers 17 sports year-round
  • All SOMD athletes and UnifiedĀ® teammates compete free of charge
  • It costs $250 for a participant to compete in one sport for one season
  • You can learn more about what our athletes are up to by going to