Author archive: Special Olympics Maryland

Living a Full Life

Living a Full Life

As the crowd at Loyola Blakefield High School begins to cheer for the start of the 200-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Maryland Special Olympic Summer Games, 35-year-old David Godoy waits patiently behind the block, sitting in a black fold-up chair. His eyes scan the building, first staring down the water in front of him,…

Meet Howard County athlete Thomas Smith

Meet Howard County athlete Thomas Smith

With the crowd roaring, Thomas Smith steps into position under the barbell, with 380 pounds loaded on, at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. His parents, aunts, uncles and coaches all sit in the crowd, cheering him on. He grabs hold of the bar, and awaits the directions to begin the lift….

Shared Story Project at Summer Games

Shared Story Project at Summer Games

SOMD Shared Stories Project’s purpose is to record, preserve and share stories of past and present athletes, families and volunteers in order to honor our past, embrace the present and build connections between communities and Special Olympics Maryland in the future. We do this to remind one another of our shared experience through sports, to…

Be Social at the 2016 Summer Games.

Be Social at the 2016 Summer Games.

                 2016 Summer Games Social Media InformationFollow the tips below to get the most up-to-date information during the 2016 Summer Games on June 10-12 at Towson University! Be sure to share your photos and stories with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.   Like us on Facebook!…

Annapolis High School returns to IUS Bocce Championships

Annapolis High School returns to IUS Bocce Championships

The 2016 Interscholastic Unified Outdoor Bocce Championships hosted at Washington College on May 12th, 2016 were a big success again this year. The high caliber of teams and endless energy of the students made for a highly competitive day. Much of the success in getting a team to the finals starts with the coaches. This…

MD LETR member selected to 2017 LETR Final Leg

MD LETR member selected to 2017 LETR Final Leg

Interview with Toni Duncan- Maryland LETR Representative for 2017 World Games Final Leg The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics. More than 90,000 law enforcement members in all 50 U.S. States, 12 Canadian provinces/territories, and 44 other countries contribute to LETR efforts annually as Guardians…

2016 Outstanding Student Volunteers Announced in Howard County

2016 Outstanding Student Volunteers Announced in Howard County

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Special Olympics Maryland Howard County Student Volunteer scholarships that were announced at the 2016 Howard County Inspiration Walk. Brian Vidmar received the Jackie Burk Memorial Scholarship.   A senior at Liberty High School, Brian has been an eight year volunteer in golf, soccer, and bowling, serving over 450 hours. Brian…

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, and while we appreciate our volunteers every month of the year, we want to take this opportunity to say thank you!   Special Olympics Maryland is able to support 7,311 athletes in year-round training and competition because of the tireless energy and dedication of our volunteers.  In fact, in 2015…

Maryland ABLE Bill Signed Into Law

  ANNAPOLIS, MD- Governor Hogan signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law on April 12, 2016.  After months of bipartisan support, Governor Hogan ensured those with disabilities in Maryland have the opportunity to save money for the future without negatively impacting needed federal means tested benefits.  Implementation of this federal law will give many…

Pam Grosz has a legacy of coaching.

Pam Grosz has a legacy of coaching.

Pam Grosz has been a Special Olympics Maryland coach since 1985. Her first experience came when a friend of hers asked her to come out and watch a local competition. Pam shared that she loves all forms of athletics, so she thought this might be fun. Once she was there she said to herself I “really…

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