July 2016

Greetings Supporter,

As Team USA heads to Rio for the Olympic Games, we continue our annual program with a Sailing competition on July 30th-31st and our Kayaking championship on August 27th.

And while athletes have already started practicing in some of our fall sports, our staff and key leadership volunteers will continue to work on establishing a three year strategic direction that will guide an athlete growth initiative designed to reach 20,000 athletes by 2025.


Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above at Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Games as SOMD athletes entered SECU Arena


Mark Wingate

Hometown: Salisbury, Maryland
Sports: Football, Softball
Recent Accomplishment: Mark's Lower Shore Softball Team won a gold medal at the recent Summer Games
Video link: Click here to watch Mark's interview!
Sailing Regatta - July 30th & 31st, Saint Mary's College - more info
Kayaking Championships - August 27th, Washington College 
8th Annual Big Bats Open - September 8th, Queenstown Harbor - more info
Pie-In-The-Sky Golf Tournament - September 12th, Rocky Point Golf Course


 500th Athlete Leadership Program Opportunity


On July 20th, Nielsen's Employee Resource Group hosted Special Olympics Maryland athletes who presented to over 75 employees during an Able and Disabled Employees Partnering Together (ADEPT) lunch and unified in-office miniature golf tournament. Their presence and presentation represented the 499th, 500th, and 501st ALP-ortunities in 2016.


Goose Harbor Fishing Tournament

The 27th Annual Mac's Memorial Fishing for Fitness Tournament took place on Saturday, July 16th at Goose Harbor Marina. 35 athletes from across the state were paired with boat captains and their first mates for a 3-hour fishing excursion to see who could catch the biggest fish!



Michael Heup: 2017 LETR Final Leg

SOMD athlete Michael Heup was selected as one of two Law Enforcement Torch Run representatives from Maryland to run the Final Leg for the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria in 2017.


Living A Full Life: David's Story


David Godoy has shattered stereotypes and plans to continue doing so. He is not only a multi-sport athlete for Special Olympics Maryland, but a global messenger, musician, model, and has even helped change the disability laws in Ecuador and across the globe.


5th Annual Kegs & Corks


SOMD is excited to partner again this year with the Kegs & Corks Fest in Annapolis in support of our 2017 Polar Bear Plunge! The festival takes place at noon at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. Click below for more information and to find out how you can win free tickets!



Meet Our Summer Interns

Above (L to R): Intern Anna Cosentino, SOMD Staff Member Emily Topper, and intern Claire Huston 

Soon after the spring semester ended, Special Olympics Maryland welcomed seven students from across the state to our team for the summer.

  • Anna Cosentino, Elon University: Social Media Analytics
  • Danielle Allentuck, Ithaca College: Athlete Story Reporting
  • Tom Hoffmeister, Mount St. Mary's University: Volunteer Management
  • Hana Zwick, Eckerd College: St. Mary's County Development
  • Kira Northrop, Shepherd University: Athlete Leadership Programs
  • Nils Lofgren, Villanova University: Finance Data Tracking
  • Claire Huston, Mount St. Mary's University: Young Professional & University Engagement 
Special Olympics Maryland strives to provide high-quality learning experiences tailored to a student's academic interests and career aspirations. If you or someone you know is interested in an internship or volunteer experience, please contact Jeff Abel at volunteers@somd.org.


MYTH:  People with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than people without intellectual disabilities.

FACT:  Health care is often inaccessible to people with intellectual disabilities due to a lack of specialized training and an unwillingness of many providers to treat such patients. These issues cause many health problems. To learn more about our Healthy Athletes program, click here.



Today marks the beginning of the official countdown! The 21st Annual Polar Bear Plunge is just six months away. It will be held on January 26 - 29, 2017. Please mark your calendars. More info to follow - check back here!

Sponsor Highlight: Nielsen


Nielsen is a proud supporter of Special Olympics Maryland and very much committed to diversity and inclusion. On July 20th, they hosted SOMD athletes at their office. Check the story on the left or click here to read more. We thank Nielsen for their continued support and commitment to Special Olympics Maryland!

Be A Social Media Ambassador!

Help us spread the message of Special Olympics Maryland and all the athletes, volunteers, coaches and families! We are seeking individuals to share and re-tweet some of our social media messages so we can have a greater impact in our Maryland community. Click here for more information!

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!

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




2014-2015 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.

Click here to see a copy of our current financials.


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