February 2018 

Greetings Supporter,

In the midst of disappointment in having to cancel this year's Winter Games competition, I want to highlight Elaina Camacho as an example of exceptional athlete leadership. Please have a look at the Fox45 report in this issue.

We held two exceptional IUS state tournaments this month, as well as the 20th Annual Deep Creek Dunk and participated in the 16th Annual Special Olympics Capitol Hill Day. Together, we continue to create a world where opportunity is not limited by disability.

Thank you to everyone who made the month of February such a meaningful month of activity and impact for our athletes.


James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I am pictured above with the Special Olympics Maryland delegation and United States Senator Chris Van Hollen at this year's Capitol Hill Day.


Talea Ingmire

Competes for: St. Mary's County

Sports: Skiing, Golf, Bowling

Fun Fact: Talea wants to attend the Los Angeles Musicians Institute next year

Click here to watch the full interview! 

State Basketball Championship - April 7-8, Frederick, MD - more info


Winter Games Cancelled












Weather conditions forced the cancellation of the 2018 Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games scheduled for February 25th-27th.

Unfortunately, during Whitetail Resort's review of the conditions and inspection of the trails and spaces we had intended to use, the warmth and rain led to much greater deterioration of the terrain than expected.



2018 MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk

Photo by Frank Tewey 

On Saturday, February 24th, the MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk celebrated its 20th Anniversary as over 700 participants dunked into Deep Creek Lake in support of the 7,782 Special Olympics Maryland athletes throughout the state.


Capitol Hill Day

On February 13th, Special Olympics Maryland athletes served as self-advocates to educate lawmakers and their staff about how Special Olympics impacts their lives in the areas of sports, heath care, and education.


Brackets for Good

Special Olympics Maryland has been selected to participate in Brackets for Good, an online bracket-style fundraising tournament where nonprofits compete to out-fundraise each other. The tournament champion will receive a $10,000 prize.

The bracket is set, and Special Olympics Maryland's first matchup starts on Friday, March 9th at 8pm.



Young Athletes Program Holds Session in Frederick County

Photo by Bill Green/The Frederick News-Post 

Special Olympics Maryland's Young Athletes Program in is full gear throughout the state. On February 24th, a session was held at the Frederick Gymnastics Club.



MYTHIt's okay to say the R-word.

FACTThe R-word hurts millions of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions.

Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful and disrespectful words can be. Click the image below for more information about this year's Spread the Word to End the Word day.

  Sponsor Highlight

Thank you to the partners of the 20th Annual MSP/ NRP Deep Creek Dunk! Without you, this event would not be possible! 

 2018 USA Games

 From July 1-6, more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 states will compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington.

Click below to learn more about the games and to support the athletes from around the state who will be representing Team Maryland! 


Amazon Smile


Did you know that you can support Special Olympics Maryland simply by shopping? Amazon.com donates a portion of your purchase back to us. And from March 12-31, they are tripling the donation rate!

Click here to shop!

 From the Heart by Alisa

Special Olympics Maryland athlete Alisa Ogden creates necklaces that symbolize the beauty in differences. $5 of each purchase is donated to Special Olympics Maryland. Click here to shop!



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!

 Athletes Served





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