April 2018 

Greetings Supporter,

As we wrap up National Volunteer Month, I am proud to say thank you to the 6,600+ volunteers who do so much throughout the year to provide our 7,782 Special Olympics athletes with high quality sports and training.  


James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I am pictured above with Alisa Ogden and David Godoy, who served as co-emcees for the 2016 IUS Track & Field Invitational. We celebrate the 10th anniversary of IUS Track & Field this year on May 15th and 16th at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.


James "JJ" Thomas

Competes for: Washington County

Sports: Basketball, flag football

Years Competing: 3

Fun Fact: In addition to competing for Special Olympics Maryland, James works at Lowe's

Click here to watch the full interview! 

2018 IUS State High School Track & Field Invitational - May 15th-16th, Hyattsville, MD - more info
2018 IUS State High School Outdoor Bocce Tournament - May 22nd, Chestertown, MD - more info
2018 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games - June 8-10, Towson, MD - more info
2018 Special Olympics USA Games - July 1-6, Seattle, WA - more info


Thank You, Volunteers!













From April 15th - 21st, Special Olympics Maryland celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Special Olympics Maryland would not be what it is today without the time, energy, and enthusiasm of its volunteers.



2018 State Basketball Tournament

On April 7th and 8th, over 350 Special Olympics Maryland athletes showcased skills at the 2018 State Basketball Tournament in Frederick, MD.

Click below to see photos from the weekend. 


IUS 10th Anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS)! Click below to find out how you can help us promote and celebrate this special occasion.


Save the Date: 2018 Summer Games

From June 8th-10th, 1,500 athletes and Unified partners will compete at Towson University for the 2018 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games.

This year's theme is #ThisIsMe. If you are competing at Summer Games this year, reach out and tell us about yourself and what #ThisIsMe means to you! 


2018 Brackets for Good Champions

Thanks to your support, Special Olympics Maryland is the 2018 Brackets for Good Maryland Champion!

Because of your support, we received a $10,000 grand prize AND over $19,000 was raised for Special Olympics Maryland.



SOMD Athlete Highlighted in 'Everyday Heroes' Campaign

Video by Knights of Columbus

Upper Shore athlete Chris Dooley was recently highlighted by the Knights of Columbus as part of their Everyday Heroes campaign. Chris is a multi-sport Special Olympics Maryland athlete and active Knight.


Why Not States?

In the 2017 fall season, the North County Unified Tennis program was in jeopardy of being terminated.

But two people took a leap of faith and decided to team up and provide a valuable opportunity to the North County student body.

MYTHSpecial Olympics Maryland's 50th anniversary is this year.

FACTSpecial Olympics Maryland's 50th anniversary is in 2020 - but Special Olympics International is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year! Click here to learn more about the celebration in Chicago and how Special Olympics got it's start at Soldier Field in 1968.

  Sponsor Highlight

The Harford County Unified Basketball Team celebrated Wawa Day in Abingdon on April 12th. This Wawa Day, marking the 54th anniversary of their first store opening, the 4th anniversary of the Wawa Foundation, and the achievement of the foundation’s four-year goal of donating $50 million to causes surrounding health, hunger, and everyday heroes.


 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.


Annapolis Irish Festival

Save the date for June 1-2: the proceeds from this year's Annapolis Irish Festival will benefit Special Olympics Maryland!

Click here to learn more or to purchase tickets, and use the promo code SOM for $5 off!

 Best of Bethesda Party

On May 30th, Special Olympics Maryland will be the featured nonprofit partner at Bethesda Magazine’s annual Best of Bethesda Party!

Click here to purchase tickets, and use the promo code SOMD to receive $16 off the general admission price!

 Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World


This month, Simon & Schuster published the first-ever biography about Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. 




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