April 2017

Greetings Supporter,

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." -Sir Winston Churchill

If, as Churchill says, "we make a life by what we give," then it's fair to conclude that our volunteers are "making" quite a life. Not only for themselves, but for our athletes, our families, other volunteers, and the communities where they live. 

As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, I want to express my gratitude. On behalf of all of our 7,549 athletes, I want to thank each and every one of the 6,137 volunteers who make a difference every day. 

Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above looking on as Special Olympics Maryland athlete Patrick Speaker is recognized by the Washington County Board of Commissioners for his accomplishments at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.


Josh Smith

Competes for: Carroll County
Sports: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Equestrian, Golf, Powerlifting, Soccer, Swimming

Fun Fact: Josh is a trainer for Pathfinders for Autism, where he teaches law enforcement and first responders how to interact with people with intellectual disabilities while on the job 

Click here to read more about Josh! 

IUS State High School Track & Field Invitational - May 9th-10th, Hyattsville, MD - more info
IUS State High School Outdoor Bocce Tournament - May 18th, Chestertown, MD - more info
Mickey Steele Charity Poker & Golf - May 18th-19th, Queenstown, MD - more info

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Special Olympics Maryland celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Week from April 23-29. While we appreciate our volunteers every week of the year, we want to take this opportunity to say thank you.



Tuesdays with Tim

Annu Singleton, Special Olympics Maryland - Baltimore City athlete, recently visited Special Olympics International and sat down with Chairman Tim Shriver to ask him insightful questions about Special Olympics.


Follow us on Facebook to catch the rest of the #TuesdaysWithTim segments! 


2017 Summer Games Events

The 2017 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games are just weeks away! You and a guest are invited to participate in many of the events we have lined up at Towson University, including:

-Brave in the Attempt Talks
-Opening Ceremonies
-Sports Venue Tours

Don't miss this opportunity to see the impact this program is having on the athletes we serve and the communities around them.


Meet the Weingrams

Meet the Weingram family from Baltimore County and learn about their experiences of raising their son Matthew, a Special Olympics Maryland athlete, and his brothers. 


Washington County Athlete Recognized

Photo by Kevin G. Gilbert/Herald-Mail Media 

Special Olympics Maryland athlete Patrick Speaker was recognized by the Washington County Board of Commissioners for his accomplishments at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.



WBAL-TV Interview

Special Olympics Maryland athlete Adam Hays sat down with WBAL-TV President and General Manager Dan Joerres to ask him about his job and why Special Olympics Maryland is important to him.

MYTH:  I'm a college student and I can't find an internship for this summer or fall!

FACT:  Special Olympics Maryland has several internship positions open for the summer and fall! Click here to learn more and apply.

2017 Summer Games

The 2017 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games are just a few short weeks away! Click here for more information.

  Sponsor Highlight:

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Partnerships are critical to expanding the capacity of Special Olympics Maryland. The added value of working with corporate and community partners is helping Special Olympics Maryland make progress towards reaching 20,000 athletes by 2025 and developing a world where opportunity is not limited by disability.




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

 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!


Check out the jewelry selection at Bravelets! $10 of your purchase will be donated to SOMD. Click here to shop. 

 Athletes Served




2015-2016 CHANGE

(+ 3.3%)

(+ 238 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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