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About MSD Athletics

At the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD), athletics are an important part of the holistic educational experience for our students. We aim to cultivate a culture committed to excellence in academics, athletics, and character development.
Beyond promoting heath and fitness, our athletics program is dedicated to teaching and developing essential physical and mental skills, including self-discipline, motivation, and sportsmanship. Our student-athletes also learn the ideals of fair play and integrity in sports that are necessary for competition.
Our athletics program provides students with opportunities to develop lifelong teamwork skills through collaborative team participation. Additionally, we strive to foster a sense of community, encourage the growth of leadership skills, and offer enriching social experiences that contribute to their overall growth and success.
Athletic opportunities are available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 
Athletic Offerings at MSD
Students have the opportunity to compete in 12 interscholastic team sports with public and private schools across the state and nation.
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Wrestling
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Strength and Conditioning
Additionally, MSD offers a Special Olympics Program that provides a variety of fully-inclusive co-ed interscholastic unified sports opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities throughout the school year.
Athletic Association Memberships
MSD is an approved non-member of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA). Additionally, we are affiliated with several other athletic associations, enriching our sports programs and offering diverse athletic opportunities for our student-athletes.
  • Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association
  • Frederick County Girls Softball League
  • Keystone State Football League
  • Independent Schools Boys Volleyball League
  • Maryland Independent Athletic Conference
  • Mid-Atlantic Wrestling League
  • MetroBall Youth Basketball Association
  • National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association
  • Special Olympics Maryland