March 2018 

Greetings Supporter,

Special Olympics Maryland athlete leader Michael Heup first shared his "Hold the Rope" story with me back in 2014. I recently invited him to share it in our March 8th monthly all-staff meeting. As you watch this video, I think you will agree that Michael makes a compelling case to hold the rope for him and his fellow 7,782 athletes.

This month, I thank our law enforcement partners, coaches, volunteers, families, government officials, sponsors, donors, and all who hold the rope for Special Olympics Maryland.


James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I am pictured above speaking with volunteers from ASRC Federal at last year's State Basketball Championship in Frederick, MD. Thank you, volunteers, for holding the rope for our athletes. Click here if you're interested in becoming a volunteer.


Drew Brodie & Antonio Gonzales

Compete for: Prince George's County

Sports: Basketball

Years Competing: 5 (Drew); 2 (Antonio)

Fun Facts: Antonio has advanced through Individual Skills and is now a team leader in 3v3. Drew loves the sport of basketball and is one of the most energetic players.

Click here to watch the full interview! 

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


Brackets for Good










Special Olympics Maryland has advanced on through three rounds of this year's Brackets for Good Tournament! We are just a few rounds away from the $10,000 grand prize.

We still need your help - click below to find out how you can help us advance on, as this week's round ends tonight at 8pm



Annapolis Day

On Wednesday, March 14th, Special Olympics Maryland athletes traveled to the State House in Annapolis to speak to lawmakers and their staff about how Special Olympics Maryland impacts their lives.


Law Enforcement Torch Run Kicks Off

On Wednesday, March 14th, law enforcement and Special Olympics representatives from around the state gathered to kickoff the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run.

At the event, Charles County Sgt. Gus Proctor was selected as the LETR representative for the upcoming 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.

Article by Charlie Wright, Maryland Independent


Athlete Leaders Learn Photography Skills

On Saturday, March 24th, photographer Marleen Van den Neste taught a course to Special Olympics Maryland athlete leaders.

Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) give individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to stand up and let their voices be heard, as well as teach them the leadership skills to help shape the direction of Special Olympics.

Click below to learn more about ALPs. 



MYTHI want to play basketball for Special Olympics Maryland, but I can't because I'm not ready to compete in a 5v5 format.

FACTIn addition to 3v3 and 5v5 competition, Special Olympics Maryland athletes can train and compete in Individual Skills.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming an athlete? Click here to learn more! 

  Sponsor Highlight

This month, we are proud to highlight a partner that does so much for Special Olympics Maryland and the Maryland community. From donation campaigns to store openings, we have great support from the Sheetz family!


 2018 USA Games

We are less than 100 days from 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.


Amazon Smile


Did you know that you can support Special Olympics Maryland simply by shopping? 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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