In the past 44 years, Towson University has hosted the Summer Games of the Maryland Special Olympics a total of 37 times.
This year was no different, as thousands of athletes, coaches and volunteers converged onto campus last month for the 44th annual games, which included individual and team events in aquatics, track and field, bocce and softball, among other sports.
Special Olympics Maryland plans this and many other competitions for athletes with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. More than 6,000 currently participate in the organization’s free sports training and competition programs which are designed to improve health and well-being, increase social skills and confidence, and ultimately empower all participants.
The university’s Administration and Finance blog has compiled a photo gallery that shines a spotlight on some of these individual athletes and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the weekend-long event.