January 2019

Greetings Supporter,

If it’s January in Maryland, people are talking about and taking the Plunge.

The 23rd annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Maryland, hosted by our good friends at the Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Services - Sandy Point State Park, demonstrated the very best of what it means to be a Marylander.

The mid-winter week long celebration kicked off with the Super Plunge on January 18th and 19th, followed by our traditional three-day Plunge weekend: Cool Schools on Thursday, January 24th, Police/Military/Fire/EMS and Corporate on Friday, January 25th, and the main Plunge on Saturday, January 26th.

Choose to Include,                      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

Thank you, Plungers, supporters, families, athletes, volunteers, sponsors, and friends for your support of the 2019 MSP Polar Bear Plunge and Special Olympics Maryland.


Calvin, Charles, Jena, and Kegan

Calvin Massenburg, Charles Gaines, Jena Jones, and Kegan Zimmerman will represent Maryland and Special Olympics USA at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE in March! Click here to learn more.


Easton High School


We'd like to introduce Easton High as our first ever School of the Season! Click here to watch.

IUS Strength & Conditioning Invitational - February 5th, Wye Mill, MD - more info
IUS Indoor Bocce Championship - February 12th, Hagerstown, MD - more info
2019 Winter Games - February 24th-26th, Mercersburg, PA
2019 Special Olympics World Games - March 14th-21st, Abu Dhabi, UAE - more info

2019 MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk - February 22nd-23rd, Arnold, MD - more info


Special Olympics Maryland Names 2018 Coach of the Year


Congratulations to Greta Harrison, Special Olympics Maryland's 2018 Coach of the Year!


2019 MSP Polar Bear Plunge

Photo by Brian Rayford

From January 24-26, more than 10,500 supporters plunged into the Chesapeake Bay and raised more than $2 million for Special Olympics Maryland at the 2019 MSP Polar Bear Plunge.


University of Maryland Men's Basketball Hosts Clinic for 40 Athletes

Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics 

On Sunday, January 27, 40 Special Olympics Maryland athletes teamed up with the University of Maryland men's basketball team.



2019 Xperience Tennis Invitational

Montgomery County athlete Julian English earned a bronze medal at the Special Olympics Virginia Xperience Tennis Invitational in Charlottesville, Virginia from January 10-12.


'A Light That Shines'

Athlete leader Alicia Gogue was recognized for her work in the after-school program and as a classroom helper at the School of the Incarnation in Gambrills.


MYTHI missed the Polar Bear Plunge! Now I have to wait a whole year to jump into freezing water for Special Olympics Maryland.

FACT: The Deep Creek Dunk is just a few weeks away! Join us on February 22 & 23 the 21st annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk. Click the logo below to learn more!

  Sponsor Highlight

Thank you to all of the sponsors of the 2019 MSP Polar Bear Plunge!



With your support, Special Olympics Maryland athletes can focus on training and competing, and not on the cost to participate. Click here to donate today!


Special Olympics Maryland is made possible by the time and energy of our dedicated volunteers. Click here to learn about our upcoming volunteer opportunities!

 Become an Athlete Leader

Are you a Special Olympics Maryland athlete interested in becoming a leader? Click below to learn more.


 Amazon Smile


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