The concept of Special Olympics began in the early 1960s when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for children with intellectual disabilities at her home in Rockville, MD to explore their capabilities in a variety of sports and physical activities.
The first Special Olympics competitions were held at Chicago's Soldier Field in 1968 with 1000 athletes from 26 states and Canada competing in track and field, aquatics, and field hockey events. By 1968, 300 similar camps were established in the U.S. By 1969, there were officially 26 states participating in the Special Olympics movement.
Cecil County's program was started by the Greater Elkton Jaycees in 1974 with track and field competition. We now offer many different sports training programs which are planned and conducted year-round by our local management team.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and rely solely on the donations of others via contributed goods, services, equipment, money and volunteered time.
The Sailing Regatta, now and international event, was started here in Cecil County in 1984. One of our Athletes, Jamie Ondrik, qualified to compete in the World Summber Games held in Hartford, Connecticut.