February 2019

Greetings Supporter,

February flew by, marking the most active stretch of our winter season. Teams competed in the Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS) Strength & Conditioning Championship, the IUS Indoor Bocce Championship, and more than 250 athletes and Unified partners competed in the 2019 Winter Games. The 21st Annual Deep Creek Dunk was held on February 22 & 23. And four of our athletes are preparing to travel to Abu Dhabi for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games from March 14-21.


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James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I am pictured above high-fiving a participant of the 2019 MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk on February 23.

ATHLETE of the MONTH

Karen Stephens

Karen Stephens is a skiier from Harford County who recently competed in the 2019 Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games. 

Click here to hear her story!

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
2019 Special Olympics World Games - March 14-21, Abu Dhabi, UAE - more info
2019 State Basketball Championship - March 30-31, Frederick, MD

 

2019 Winter Games

 

From Sunday, February 24 through Tuesday, February 26, 250 athletes and Unified Partners competed at Whitetail Resort in skiing and snowshoeing as part of the 2019 Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games.

 

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Athletes Lead the Way on Capitol Hill

On February 12, a team of Special Olympics Maryland athletes led the way in advocating for Special Olympics programs in Washington, DC as part of the 17th Annual Special Olympics Capitol Hill Day.

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2019 IUS Strength & Conditioning Championship

On Tuesday, February 5, 250 student-athletes from eight Maryland school systems competed in the 2019 Interscholastic Unified Sports State High School Strength & Conditioning Championship at Chesapeake College.

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2019 MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk

On Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23, more than 1,100 Special Olympics Maryland supporters plunged into a frozen Deep Creek Lake as part of the 21st Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk.

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2019 IUS Indoor Bocce Championship

On Wednesday, February 13, 300 student-athletes from eight Maryland school systems competed in the 2019 Interscholastic Unified Sports State High School Indoor Bocce Championship at Hagerstown Community College.

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MYTHIt's okay to say the R-word.

FACT: The R-word hurts millions of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Since 2009, Spread the Word has been an ongoing effort to raise awareness about the R-word and how hurtful and disrespectful words can be. This year, the focus is not just on the word, but on inclusion for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Click the image below for more information about this year's Spread the Word: Inclusion day on March 6.


 2019 World Games

Four Special Olympics Maryland athletes will travel to Abu Dhabi to compete in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games from March 14-21.

  Sponsor Highlight


Thank you to all of the sponsors of the 2019 MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk!

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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!

Volunteer

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

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