Shared Story Project at Summer Games

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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 continue to build more inclusive communities within Maryland and build the connections between people. We do this because everyone’s story matters.

SOMD Shared Stories is built on a commitment to excellence throughout the organization that includes a focus on the collecting, sharing, and preserving of people’s stories. The interview session is at the heart of SOMD Shared Stories. We treat participants with the utmost respect, care, and dignity.

We are looking for stories about and/or reflect

Our past. We have lost some of the memories of our beginning and our growth since our inception in 1970. What do you remember?

Your experience as an athlete, family member, coach, volunteer or staff member within Special Olympics Maryland.

Your experience outside of Special Olympics Maryland. Tell us about you when you are not training and competing as an athlete. What was/is it like growing up in your community? In your school? In your family?

Inspiration, Joyfulness, Inclusiveness, Determination, Courageousness and being Authentic.

Whatever you think is important to you. What so you want to share with Marylanders.


We will be located in the Media Room of the 1st Floor of the SECU Arena on Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th, 2016. Follow the signs to the Media Center.

Drop In when you can or make an appointment. Estimated time is about 15 minutes per interview.  We will be open the following hours;

Saturday June 11th            9am-5pm

Sunday June 12th              9am-2pm

Contact Jason Schriml at or just come on by.

Walk ups are welcome but cannot be guaranteed an immediate interview.

Special Summer Games Shared Stories T-shirt given to the first 30 who participate.

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This article was written by Special Olympics Maryland