June 2017 

Greetings Supporter,

From June 9th-11th, over 1,300 athletes competed at the 47th Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games hosted by our good friends at Towson University. It was an amazing weekend as athletes competed in bocce, cheerleading, softball, swimming and track & field. 

The Games have really evolved beyond just the weekend - during the week, there are 27 unique Law Enforcement Torch Run routs through communities across the state.

These Games continue to be a symbol of hope and success. Our athletes are the authentic mechanism for change. When people take the time to learn who our athletes are - I mean really engage in conversations that provide valuable insight on the person - their lives are changed. 

Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above welcoming athletes at the Opening Ceremony of this year's Summer Games.


Anaelle El-Or

Anaelle recently won a silver medal in the 2017 Special Olympics North America National Invitational Golf Tournament! Congratulations, Anaelle! 

Competes for: Frederick County 

Sports: Bocce, Bowling, Cheerleading, Golf, Swimming 

Fun Fact: Anaelle speaks Hebrew and lived in Israel

Click here to watch Anaelle's full interview! 

2017 North American Invitational Golf Tournament - June 26-28, Seattle, WA - more info
Kayaking Championships - August 26th, Chestertown, MD
Over the Edge - September 30th, Bethesda, MD - more info

2017 Summer Games

The 2017 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games were a success! From June 9-11, over 1,400 athletes competed in five sports at Towson University.

Click below to see results and photos from the weekend!



Brave in the Attempt Talks

On Wednesday, June 7th, Special Olympics Maryland, Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration hosted an evening where individuals with intellectual disabilities shared stories of times in their lives where they have been 'brave in the attempt.'


2017 NIT Golf Tournament

From June 26-28, Team Maryland traveled to Seattle, WA for the 2017 Special Olympics National Invitational Golf Tournament. Check out the results below!


Volunteer Highlight: Bill Depauw

There are over 7,000 volunteers who are involved with Special Olympics Maryland. These volunteers are enthusiastic, energetic, and committed; a description that Bill Depauw, a Baltimore native, fits to a T.


Why Should YOU Play Bocce?

Want to know why YOU should play bocce? Check out this video, courtesy of David Butts and Mid-Atlantic Aerial, from this year's Summer Games to find out!



MYTH:  Special Olympics athletes only train and compete with athletes within their own state.

FACT:  Special Olympics Maryland athletes train and compete throughout Maryland year-round, but they travel the country and world for national and global competitions! In 2018, Team Maryland will travel to Seattle, Washington to compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games - click here to learn more!

  Sponsor Highlight

It's with the support of partners like State Employees Credit Union (SECU) that year-round programming for Special Olympics Maryland athletes is possible.

SECU's sponsorship for the 2017 Summer Games play an integral part in our ability to provide the highest quality environment for competition. 


Golf Kart Karaoke


 Special Olympics Maryland - Frederick County athletes and NIT competitors Greg Fuss and Anaelle El-Or sing along in our first ever "Golf Kart Karaoke!" Click above to watch, and check back here for more segments!

Vote Today!

One click will help Special Olympics Maryland win $10,000 from the PGA Tour! Visit the link below and vote for Team Special Olympics Maryland as your favorite volunteer team in the PGA Tour Volunteer Challenge!




With your support, Special Olympics athletes can focus on training and competing, and not on the cost to participate. Click here to donate today!

 Athletes Served




2015-2016 CHANGE

(+ 3.3%)

(+ 238 athletes)

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87% of every dollar raised is spent on sports training and competition, and athlete retention and recruitment.

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