A Special Person, Managing A Special Event, For Special Athletes- About Jim McTygue
BY: HANNAH BOUDREAU
Jim McTygue can usually be found behind the scenes managing, organizing, and assembling for different events on the Towson University Campus. But for this piece, Jim is taking the spotlight.
As the Director of Event and Conference Services, Jim’s duties are quite extensive and include: technical services, event management, setup team, reservations team, overseeing finance for four departments, and managing the University Union, West Village Commons, SECU Arena, and Towson Center Arena.
Although his schedule proves to be quite daunting, as he handles roughly 8,000 events each year, Jim still finds time to enjoy his favorite hobbies. He is a native of Yorktown Heights, New York but resides currently in Sykesville, Maryland where he enjoys long distance shooting and deer hunting with his son.
Despite the massive number of events the Event and Conference Planning team sees, Jim says that the Special Olympics fits its name; it is special. He explains it is the only event he does not “need to twist arms to get things done.” Jim has been overseeing the Special Olympics Summer Games since 2006 and says his first time ever working the games was eye opening. “I never realized how important the games are to our special athletes. I was hooked from day one of the games,” he said.
Jim says that the processional of athletes into the arena each year is a very impactful moment to him, but several years ago a Harlem Globetrotter attended the opening ceremonies, which was extra memorable to him. “The athletes were very excited. Almost as much as when Joe Flacco attended the ceremony,” Jim said.
As it does to most people who attend, the Special Olympics Summer Games holds a special spot in Jim’s heart. His words of advice to those reading? “If you have never attended the games, do yourself a favor and come to the opening ceremony or the Summer Games on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll be hooked too.”
This article was written by Special Olympics Maryland