March 2017

Greetings Supporter,

"Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We just completed our 2016 athlete census, which showed that 7,549 athletes trained and competed in 2016 - a 3.3% increase over the 7,311 athletes who participated in 2015. Read on to find out how we can do even better, working towards our goal of 20,000 athletes by 2025. 

One of Special Olympics Maryland's greatest qualities - enthusiasm - surfaces at every turn. Find out more in this month's issue of IMPACT. 


Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      
                


James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above with Special Olympics Maryland Athlete of the Month Annu Singleton during a January 2017 interview at FOX Baltimore about the MSP Polar Bear Plunge.

ATHLETE of the MONTH

Annu Singleton

Competes for: Baltimore City
Sports: Annu participates in 13 different sports!
Fun Fact: Annu is a Special Olympics Maryland board member
Video link: Click here to watch Annu's interview!

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
IUS State High School Track & Field Invitational - May 9th-10th, Hyattsville, MD - more info
IUS State High School Outdoor Bocce Tournament - May 18th, Chestertown, MD - more info
UPCOMING EVENTS
Mickey Steele Charity Poker & Golf - May 18th-19th, Queenstown, MD - more info

 
 
2017 World Winter Games

After a very successful 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, Patrick, Megan, and Brian are back in the states! They did a great job representing Maryland - check out the full results below!

 

DIANE MIKULIS & DAN COWDERY COACH TEAM USA

In addition to Patrick, Megan, and Brian, Special Olympics Maryland Alpine Ski coaches Diane Mikulis & Dan Cowdery (left) traveled to Austria to coach Team USA's Alpine Ski Team!

 

 

MICHAEL HEUP, TONI DUNCAN, JOHN NEWNAN, FRANK TEWEY REPRESENT MARYLAND IN LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FINAL LEG


Special Olympics Maryland athlete Michael Heup, along with Law Enforcement representatives Toni Duncan, John Newnan, and Frank Tewey, traveled to Austria to carry the torch as part of the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the Special Olympics World Winter Games. 

PATRICK SPEAKER RECOGNIZED IN WILLIAMSPORT

When Special Olympics Maryland - Washington County athlete Patrick Speaker returned home to Williamsport after earning two bronze medals and a sixth place ribbon, his town celebrated!

Friends and family in the community gathered to greet him, and he displayed his medals proudly while riding around town on a ladder truck. 

Click here for more photos!

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2017 State Basketball Championship

The 2017 State Basketball Championship was held on March 25-26 in Frederick. Over 350 athletes competed along with 80 coaches, 25 Unified Partners, and 50 volunteers. Click below to check out photos from the weekend!

 

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Arrow Bicycle Donates 144 Helmets


On March 6th, Arrow Bicycle in Hyattsville donated 144 bicycle helmets - one for every athlete and coach in the Special Olympics Maryland Cycling program - as well as $5,400 to support athletes in Prince George's County.

Athlete reporter Adam Hays sat down with Arrow Bicycle co-owner Chris Militello - check out the full interview below! 

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Meet Bobby Waugh

North Hagerstown High School teacher and Unified Coach Bobby Waugh has become a fierce advocate for Special Olympics and Unified Sports.

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MYTH:  I have to wait for the IMPACT eNewsletter to come out each month to get updates on Special Olympics Maryland.

FACT:  There are many, many ways you can stay in the loop with all of the happenings at Special Olympics Maryland! Click below to explore.

 

  

 

 

  Sponsor Highlight:

St. John Properties


St. John Properties joined forces with Special Olympics Maryland in 2015 and has been a valuable partner ever since! They do it all - annually participating in the Polar Bear Plunge, their teams have raised over $35,000 in just two years. The partnership provides SOMD with strategic marketing locations for sigital signs and graciously is the winter home for our 40-foot tall inflatable bear, Beary White. We host sports competitions on their facilities, and their staff is truly an extension of our team, helping us build a Maryland where opportunity is not limited by disability. This month, we celebrate St. John Properties. Thank you, SJP, for all you do for the 7,549 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland!

Donate

    

Did you know that an athlete does not pay to participate in Special Olympics Maryland? Click here to donate today!

 Amazon Smile

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Bravelets

Check out the jewelry selection at Bravelets! $10 of your purchase will be donated to SOMD. Click here to shop. 

 Athletes Served

7,549

5,143 TRAINING & COMPETITION

2,406 TRAINING

2015-2016 CHANGE

(+ 3.3%)

(+ 238 athletes)

Spending Wisely in Maryland

87% of every dollar raised is spent on sports training and competition, and athlete retention and recruitment.

Click here to see a copy of our current financials.


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