May 2017 - SUMMER GAMES EDITION 

Greetings Supporter,

As we eagerly anticipate our 47th Annual Summer Games at Towson University from June 9th - 11th, we celebrate all of our athletes, mindful of the work still to be done to include more.

This year's Summer Games theme is "Can't Stop the Feeling," so I invite you to come witness our athletes, families, volunteers, corporate and community partners, and other supporters in action.

If you have never been to a Special Olympics competition, I urge you to join us and have your life transformed.


Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      
                


James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above welcoming athletes at the Opening Ceremony of last year's Summer Games.

ATHLETE of the MONTH

Carmen Houston-Ludlam

Competes for: Calvert County 

Sports: Cheerleading, Swimming

Fun Fact: Carmen loves snowboarding in her free time

Click here to watch Carmen's full interview! 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
2017 Summer Games - June 9th-11th, Towson, MD - more info

UPCOMING EVENTS
29th Annual Cardboard Boat Race - June 24th, Oxford, MD - more info

 
 
2017 Summer Games

The 2017 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games are almost here! From June 9-11, over 1,400 athletes will compete in five sports at Towson University.

Click below for more information!

 Check out the recent Summer Games PSAs and videos!


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Summer Games Events


The 2017 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games are just weeks away! You and a guest are invited to participate in many of the events we have lined up at Towson University, including:

-Brave in the Attempt Talks
-Opening Ceremonies
-Sports Venue Tours

Don't miss this opportunity to see the impact this program is having on the athletes we serve and the communities around them.

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Law Enforcement Torch Run

Beginning today, thousands of Law Enforcement Officers and Special Olympics Maryland athletes across the state will run the Flame of Hope hundreds of miles, culminating at the Summer Games Opening Ceremony on Friday, June 9th at Towson University.

Click below for a schedule of Torch Run legs that are taking place in your community.

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Healthy Athletes


The Healthy Athletes program offers non-invasive screenings to Special Olympics Maryland athletes at no cost, and will be available to the 1,400 athletes across the state who will be competing at Summer Games at Towson University on June 9th-11th.

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Volunteer at Summer Games

Summer Games is powered by volunteers! Competition and non-competition volunteer opportunities are available to individuals and groups throughout the week. No previous sports or volunteer experience necessary.

 

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Brave in the Attempt Podcasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Brave in the Attempt Maryland is a series of podcasts that focuses on the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland, their families, and their friends.

MYTH:  I know of a child who wants to participate in Special Olympics Maryland, but he or she is too young.

FACT:  Special Olympics Maryland Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children ages 2 to 7 with and without intellectual disabilities! An open house will take place at this year's Summer Games - click here for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Young Athletes program.

IUS School of the Month: Walkersville High School

Schools from all over Maryland are dedicated to creating experiences for those with and without intellectual disabilities to share through the Interscholastic Unified Sports program. Take a look at our first IUS School of the Month: Walkersville High School!

  Sponsor Highlight:

Famous Dave's


Partnerships are critical to expanding the capacity of Special Olympics Maryland.

The added value of working with corporate and community partners is helping Special Olympics Maryland make progress towards reaching 20,000 athletes by 2025 and developing a world where opportunity is not limited by disability.

 

Donate

    

Help support the 1,400 athletes competing at the 2017 Summer Games - 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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