June 2018 

Greetings Supporter,

As usual, June proved to be a great month to showcase our athletes. From June 8th-10th, over 1,500 athletes competed at the 48th Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games hosted by our good friends at Towson University. Our Summer Games theme, “This is Me,” celebrated our athletes, who through their actions and accomplishments at the Games and every day remind us that they are champions who triumph over wide ranging challenges to achieve personal greatness.


James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I am pictured above welcoming athlete EJ Alton to the Opening Ceremonies of this year's Summer Games in SECU Arena at Towson University.


Christina Ratcliffe

Competes for: Charles County

Sports: Bowling, snowshoeing, swimming

Fun Fact: From July 1-6, Christina will compete in swimming at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington!

Click here to watch the full interview! 

2018 Special Olympics USA Games - July 1-6, Seattle, WA - more info


2018 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games


From June 8th-10th 1,500 Special Olympics Maryland athletes competed in five different sports at Towson University. 



2018 Special Olympics USA Games

From July 1-6, a delegation of 110 athletes, Unified Partners, coaches, and staff will travel to Seattle, Washington to compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.



ESPN’s coverage of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle will begin July 1st with a live two-and-a-half hour special on ABC. Throughout the week, ESPN and its affiliates will cover competition live.



Special Olympics 50th Anniversary

This July, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement in Chicago where the first official competition was held in 1968.

Click below to read more about the celebration in Chicago - and don't forget, Special Olympics Maryland is gearing up for our own 50th anniversary in 2020! 


Save the Date: 2018 Health Expo

On Saturday, September 22nd, Towson University will host the 2018 Health Expo presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. This event will offer free heath screenings by medical professionals to individuals with intellectual disabilities.


Online Store


The Special Olympics Maryland online store is officially open! Click below to shop for your favorite SOMD & Polar Bear Plunge gear. 

MYTHThe Law Enforcement Torch Run is over after Summer Games.  

FACTWhile the torch traveled on 27 unique routes through the state in the days leading up to Summer Games, LETR is a year-round initiative! Our law enforcement partnerse organize funraising events throughout the year, present medals at competitions, sell LETR t-shirts, and more! They'll be showing their support at USA Games this month, as well - Maryland representatives are in Seattle as part of the 2018 USA Final Leg, and will carry the torch into the Opening Ceremony at Husky Stadium on July 1st.

  Sponsor Highlight: Carnival

On June 24th, Carnival held their annual luncheon aboard the Pride with Special Olympics Maryland athletes, families, friends, and fans.

In addition to luncheons and cruises, Carnival raises over $20,000 in support of the MSP Polar Bear Plunge.


 Over the Edge

Are you brave enough to rappel down 16 stories for Special Olympics Maryland? Registration for the 2nd annual Over the Edge event is now open! Join us on Saturday, November 3rd in Bethesda for this exciting event.

Be one of the first 20 edgers to register and receive a $500 credit towards your fundraising efforts! 


Jimmy's Crab Feast

On July 15th, you can #GetFamous with Jimmy's Famous Seafood for the Margaritaville Crab Feast to benefit Special Olympics Maryland!




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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