January 2017

Greetings Supporter,

If you have never experienced the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, let me share some highlights from this year’s event and extend the invitation for you to mark it on your calendar and join us for next year’s Plunge on January 27th, 2018.  The 21st Annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge demonstrated the very best of what it means to be a Marylander. It brings to life how powerful we are when we come together in support of a movement bigger than ourselves. In three days, almost 9,000 supporters took the Plunge all to provide our 7,311 athletes with the opportunity to train and competed year-round in 27 different sports free of charge.

Read on for an extensive recap of the Plunge, and please have a look at the rest of this month's issue of IMPACT to catch up on even more exciting happenings around the state.

Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan presented Special Olympics Maryland athlete Adam Hays with the Jimmy Myrick, Jr. Courage Award at the 2017 MSP Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, January 28th.


Phyllis White

Competes For: St. Mary's County

Sports: Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Bowling, Kayaking, Skiing, Soccer

Favorite Sports Team: Washington Redskins

Fun Fact: Phyllis has 2 dogs, and enjoys taking care of the dogs in her neighborhood

Video link: Click here to watch Phyllis's interview!

IUS Strength & Conditioning State Championship - February 7th, Chesapeake College - more info
IUS Indoor Bocce State Championship - February 22nd, Hagerstown Community College - more info
2017 Winter Games - February 27-28th, Whitetail Resort
2017 MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk - February 25th, Deep Creek Lake, MD - more info

2017 MSP Polar Bear Plunge

Video shot & edited by Mid-Atlantic Aerial

The 2017 MSP Polar Bear Plunge was a success! Thank you to everyone who came out to Sandy Point State Park this past weekend. Check out the photos below!


Additionally, click here for a special message from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who attended the Plunge on Saturday. 



11 year old Calvert School student Oliver Clark raised $19,222 out of his team's total of $27,627 in support of his sister, Sutton, who is a Special Olympics Maryland athlete. Oliver also inspired his classmates to raise an additional $7,831.



2016 Athlete Leadership in Review

Congratulations to all of the counties and athletes who participated in the Athlete Leadership Program (ALP) opportunities in 2016. It was a great year - your support of this program saw our number jump significantly from 2015.


Terps & SOMD Team Up on Jan. 21st

On Saturday, January 21st, the University of Maryland men's basketball program teamed up with 40 Special Olympics Maryland athletes at the XFINITY Center in College Park.


Towson Swim & Dive Clinic

On January 7th, Special Olympics Maryland athletes visited Towson University for a clinic from the Swim and Dive team student-athletes. Check out the team cheer that wrapped up the day!


Visit Wawa through Feb. 19th

From now through February 19th, Special Olympics Maryland and Wawa are teaming up to raise money in support of our athletes. Customers will be able to add a donation of $1, $3 or $5 at checkout, so head on into Wawa today, grab a cup of coffee and help make an impact!

MYTH:  I missed the Polar Bear Plunge - now I have to wait a whole year to be freezin' for a reason for Special Olympics Maryland.

FACT:  DO THE DUNK! The 19th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk is coming up on Saturday, February 25th. Register today!


Too Chicken to Plunge?


Were you "Too Chicken to Plunge" in this year's Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge? You can still make a difference! Click here to donate online, or visit any of the 37 Baltimore Area Chick-Fil-A restaurants by February 6th and "plunge" your change or check into the donation box! Your change will enhance the lives of the 7,311 Special Olympics Maryland athletes.

  Thank You, Plunge Sponsors!

Thank you to our wonderful 2017 MSP Polar Bear Plunge sponsors! Your support makes this event possible, and Special Olympics Maryland is fortunate to have such exceptional partners to help us provide an outstanding Plunge experience.

Amazon Smile

Did you know that you can support Special Olympics Maryland simply by shopping? Amazon.com donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Special Olympics Maryland. Click here to start shopping, or bookmark smile.amazon.com for future use!



Did you know that an athlete does not pay to participate in Special Olympics Maryland? Click here to donate today!

 Athletes Served




2014-2015 CHANGE

(+ 2.8%)

(+ 196 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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