June 2016

Greetings Supporter,

The 46th Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games hosted by our good friends at Towson University on June 10th, 11th, and 12th successfully highlighted the leadership and talent of Special Olympics Maryland Athletes on and off the field. 

"Be A Champion" served as a fitting theme for these Games as the athletes displayed their transformative power in multiple ways.

Click below to read my full message.


Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above taking a selfie on stage at Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Games.


Brandon Ehrmantraut

Hometown: Calvert County, MD
Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field
Wants you to know: Brandon is an aspiring sports broadcaster and currently announces the Calvert High School softball and basketball games.
Favorite Quote: "If you believe then you can achieve" - Tupac
Video link: Click here to watch Brandon's interview!

Summer Games Recap

The 26th Annual Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games were a big success! From June 10-12, over 1,200 athletes competed in five sports at Towson University. Click below for a recap of photos, videos, competition results, and more!


Read on below to check out the stories that were featured on WBAL Channel 11 News from June 5-9! Each covers a different Summer Games topic, and includes special cameos from our own athlete co-reporters. 


Towson Student-Athletes Share Experiences

WBAL's Megan Pringle and SOMD athlete/co-reporter Erica Wheeler talked to three student-athletes at Towson University about their experience volunteering with Special Olympics Maryland and why it's important for athletes to help other athletes.


 Unified Sports Highlight: Aquatics


WBAL's Megan Pringle and SOMD-Howard County Athlete/Reporter Alex Barnes talked to coaches and Unified Partners about their aquatics program and how Unified Partners have helped the program grow to become the largest in Special Olympics Maryland.


LETR: Sykesville Leg 


Frederick County athlete Adam Hays co-reported with WBAL TV 11's own Jennifer Franciotti. Both reporters interviewed various runners as they prepared for the Sykesville Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.   


 Growth of Baltimore Cheer Program


The Special Olympics Maryland Baltimore County cheer team talked to WBAL's Jennifer Franciotti and athlete & board member Annu Singleton about how their squad was the first SOMD Cheer program in the state, and how their program has grown throughout the years with the inclusion of Unified Partners. 



 Thank You, Volunteers!


Throughout Summer Games, SOMD staff, athletes, coaches, and families enjoyed working closely with many volunteers who were crucial to the event's success! Whether they volunteer as part of a corporate volunteer day, or simply taking time to give back, we truly appreciate their efforts and partnership.



 Save the Date: 2017 Polar Bear Plunge


SAVE THE DATE! The 21st Annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held on January 26 - 29, 2017. Please mark your calendars. More info to follow!

We would also like to recognize Backyard Billy's, one of our wonderful Polar Bear Plunge sponsors, for their continued support.


MYTH:  I missed volunteering at Summer Games, so I'll have to wait until next year to volunteer.

FACT:  You can volunteer all year round! Special Olympics Maryland athletes don't just compete at Summer Games- they're training and competing in 27 sports across 3 sport seasons. In addition to coaching and sports-based volunteer opportunities, we engage volunteers in many different roles including special events and fundraising, logistical support, photography and social media, data entry and administrative support, event medical coverage, and so many more! Click here for more information or to join our team today!

 Thank You, Sponsors!


We would like to thank all of our wonderful 2016 Summer Games sponsors! See the full list above, and check out our sponsor highlights below.

Sponsor Highlights 


We were so glad to have Aerotek, one of our founding sponsors, out at Summer Games! They truly lived up to our theme of #BeAChampion. Thank you, Aerotek! Click here to read more about their experience volunteering.



We were thrilled to have long-time partner, Al Packer's White Marsh Ford, take part in the Opening Ceremonies at Summer Games! Their flatbed trucks served as our stage for the cauldron lighting, marking the official start to the weekend! Click here to watch the video of the cauldron lighting! Thank you, Al Packer's White Marsh Ford!



SOMD Summer Games are synonymous with Towson University. Of the 46 years Summer Games have been held, Towson has hosted 39 of them. They are an outstanding partner whose support is unsurmountable and comes from all across campus. You can see their dedication in this Summer Games video produced by Towson's Department of Athletics! Thank you, Towson University! 

Healthy Athletes

Throughout Summer Games, an amazing group of medical professionals volunteered their time to give free medical screenings to our athletes. This year, a total of 741 screenings were administered - that's more than twice the number administered last year! To learn more about the Healthy Athletes program, click here.

With your support, athletes can focus on training and competing - and not on the cost to participate.    

Did you know that an athlete does not pay to participate in Special Olympics? Help transform the life of a Special Olympics athlete through the power of sports... it's only a click away!

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 Athletes Served




2013-2014 CHANGE

(+ 2.8%)

(+ 196 athletes)

Spending Wisely in Maryland

86% of every dollar raised is spent on sports training and competition, and athlete retention and recruitment.

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