WASHINGTON COUNTY - About 20 Washington County athletes will compete on land and in water this weekend at Special Olympics Maryland's Summer Games in Towson, Md.
Special Olympics sports festivals are held throughout the country and world for people with mental disabilities.
Washington County has about 300 Special Olympics athletes who compete throughout the year, said Marva Davis of Hagerstown, the county's Special Olympics director.
Local athletes going to Towson University will compete in pool and track and field-type events.
Jason Whitmore, 33, will swim. Debbie Whitmore of Rohrersville said her son, Jason, who is deaf and autistic, swims in the freestyle, backstroke and relay.
"It's always good for him because he can do something good," she said. "He can win ribbons. He likes to show them off."