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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 6,031 individuals across the state donated their time and talents to our athletes, and we are proud to have them as part of our Special Olympics family!   Looking back over the past year of activity, it is impossible to capture the full range of all that our volunteers do in support of our program, but some highlights include:

  • Our Local Leadership representing each county, ensuring a well-organized program can reach all areas of the state.
  • The full roster of coaches, assistant coaches, and sport coordinators, who provide instruction, mentoring, and opportunities for athletes to learn and improve each week.
  • Members of State and Local Law Enforcement and Explorers Program, who volunteer their time to organize the Law Enforcement Torch Run, present medals to our athletes at competitions, and who helped remove the large amount of snow from Sandy Point State Park in preparation for the 2016 Polar Bear Plunge.FotorCreated2
  • Corporate Volunteers from companies like Aerotek, Coca-Cola, Nielsen, and The Finish Line, who embody their company’s commitment to making a positive impact in the community.
  • Community Organizations like the Knights of Columbus, America Legion, Sons of the American Legion, The Auxiliary, The Lion’s Club, The Rotary, Clipped Wings, and many scout troops who are always willing to be good neighbors in support of our athletes.Coca-Cola-1
  • School Partnerships with Universities and K-12 Schools, who choose to engage their students in meaningful service-learning with Special Olympics Maryland.
  • Games Management Teams, Sport Management Teams, and State Committee Members whose work behind the scenes throughout the year ensuring a high-quality events and competitions.
  • ALPs Mentors who help hone public speaking skills and perfect presentations, so our athlete leaders can advocate for their own programs.
  • Office Volunteers who help our staff enter data, process donations, inventory medals, and organize the warehouse during the week.
  • Volunteers who spend their weekends at events and competitions; timing, scoring, escorting, and cheering on athletes as they compete.
  • Volunteers at Summer Games

When we say that Special Olympics Maryland is volunteer-powered, we mean it!   So to our Special Olympics Maryland volunteers; THANK YOU!  The impact you make on our program and in our communities is immeasurable.  To those considering volunteering in the future; we can’t want for you to join us!  We have many volunteer opportunities available for individuals with a variety of skills, experiences, and backgrounds.  You can always contact for more information or go to our website at

This article was written by Special Olympics Maryland