More than 1,000 athletes turned out Saturday for the first day of events at the 44th Annual Special Olympics Maryland summer games in Towson.
Athletes from across the state participated in bocce, swimming, softball, cheerleading and track and field. A total of 1,224 athletes and 661 coaches and chaperones were expected to participate.
The summer games are the largest state level competition for Special Olympics Maryland.
Children and adults with intellectual disabilities participate in training and competition throughout the year at no cost to them or their families.