November 2014

Greetings Supporter:

Thank you for providing Special Olympics Maryland athletes with a fall season filled with opportunities to develop a range of sport and life skills. By giving our athletes the opportunity to play and grow, your continued commitment extends the reach of the movement beyond the field of play to build inclusive communities of dignity and respect throughout Maryland.

Since September 27, athletes have competed in State Championships in kayaking, golf, soccer and Interscholastic Unified Sports tennis as well as the Fall Sports Festival which included cycling, flag football, long-distance running, powerlifting and tennis. As culminating events these championships showcase the abilities of the athletes and add value to their holistic development.  These events also engage volunteers like hundreds of Washington College and Mount St. Mary’s students whose lives are forever changed by our athletes. Anyone observing our athletes in action at these events witnessed the transformative power of the mission thanks to efforts and support from people like you. 

Every day Special Olympics delivers what I refer to as “mission” moments.  These moments provide the most tangible evidence of the value of our mission…they give us hope that we are making a difference. In the last month, among the many mission moments that I have experienced there is one in particular that I would like to share with you. Marilyn Miceli was inducted into the Howard County Parks and Rec. Hall of Fame at a ceremony on October 21, for the impact that she has had in developing the Special Olympics Howard County Program over the last 14 years. I am moved to tears of pride when I replay Marilyn’s acceptance speech in my mind. Marilyn personifies what it means to be a Hall of Famer. Click here to read Marilyn's acceptance speech.

So, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am thankful for your generous support that contributes to our collective, relentless pursuit of the best. Our athletes deserve it and we will continue our efforts to provide it as we continue to build inclusive communities of dignity and respect.   

Let me know what you're thankful for.  Email me at    



James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

Athletes Don't Pay To Play 


Did you know that an athlete does not pay to participate in Special Olympics Maryland?  A gift of $203 will cover the cost for an athlete to train and compete in a full season of play. YOU can help make this's only a click away. 


Athlete News & Views

Candace reporting at the
2014 USA Games in Princeton, NJ

This month Special Olympics Maryland caught up with Frederick County athlete Candace Whiting and asked her to share her goals and personal philosophy that guides her life and describe a little about herself. Here is what Candace shared with us:

I want to be a positive role model, and be the voice for people who don’t have a strong voice.

I am a young woman with Down syndrome with an upbeat message that can change your life!

The sports I play are:  Alpine Skiing, Kayaking, Swimming, Golf, and Tennis.

Being in Special Olympics has helped me build friendships; it has taught me to become a leader for people.

I think it’s important that you try to make a difference, even if it’s only a small difference.

Every day is a new adventure.

Upcoming Events


  • 2014 Bowling Tournament - Dec. 7
  • 2015 IUS Indoor Bocce  Feb. 11
  • 2015 IUS Strength & Cond. Feb. 21
  • 2015 Winter Games
    Feb. 23-24, 2015

Special Events: 


 2014 Golf Championships 

Pictured above is Mary Lou (Unified partner) and her brother Michael Cumberpatch (athlete) from Montgomery County.

With the wind blowing from the Chesapeake Bay, and the air full of the crispness of fall, over 90 golfers and Unified partners took to the greens of Queenstown Harbor Golf Course on November 19th.  For the first time in a number of years, all levels of golf were on display.  Level 1 golfers played on the same venue as the Level 2-5 golfers from around the state. read more →  


Don't forget to give on Dec. 2nd!


You can help us reach our goal of raising $120,214 on 12-02-14 so we can provide 592 NEW athletes with a full season of training and competition.  On this day we will also be joining non-profits throughout the state as part of the Maryland Gives More Campaign to raise a combined total of $12.2M and show the world we are the most generous state in America! 
Please click here to participate


Heup Effect touches Al Packer's Ford

Jerry & Michael at the 2014 Casino Night at Al Packer's Ford.

As General Manager for Al Packer’s Ford, most would argue that Jerry Clark’s success is measured by sales volume and revenue. This analogous to saying that the Coach Harbaugh’s success is measured by wins. To debate otherwise would be foolish. The real debate comes when arguing the methods employed to achieve success.

To see why Jerry Clark is successful, one need only observe his relationship with Special Olympics Maryland athlete Michael Heup  read more →


Unified Sports® from the perspective of 2 High School Unified Tennis partners

Special Olympics Maryland’s Unified Sports® and Unified Partner Competitions provide a means to bring together athletes with and without disabilities in a fulfilling and fun inclusion experience. Unified Sports® teams are composed of a proportional number of athletes with intellectual and other types of disabilities, and athletes without disabilities who train and compete together on the same team.

We asked two students who competed in the Interscholastic Unified Sports Tennis program this past October to share their thoughts. Click here to see what they shared with us...



Myth: Every athlete pays a registration fee to participate in Special Olympics sport programs

FACT: Special Olympics Founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver insisted that every individual with an intellectual disability should have the opportunity to be a Special Olympics athlete and did not want paying a fee to be an obstacle. Hence, there is no fee to the athlete or their family to participate. Here in Maryland the average cost per athlete, per season is $203. When you donate to support SOMD, you support efforts to provide uniforms, transportation, equipment, facilities, meals and housing, coach education and volunteer training among other essential items needed to run our Program.



Al Packer’s Ford has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics Maryland for many years. Beginning now, every Special Olympics Maryland supporter will receive special discounts including employee pricing on any new or pre-owned vehicle in stock.  You pay what our employees pay and not one penny more. Click here for more details and to get your coupon.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re inspired by the lives being transformed through Special Olympics Maryland, there are dozens of ways you can get involved. Visit us online to learn how you can volunteer.



The Corporate Plunge Challenge is the COOLEST team-building experience of the year!  Scheduled for Friday, January 23, 2015 the Corporate Plunge Challenge was created to provide corporate teams and other business entities, as well as service clubs, with a great team-building opportunity that provides financial support to Special Olympics Maryland.

Click here to learn more →

Spending Wisely in Maryland

86% of every dollar raised is spent on sports training and competition, and athlete retention and recruitment.

By the Numbers



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