August 2016

Greetings Supporter,

Who is challenged? That is the question that 1972 US Olympic Team member in doubles kayak and Special Olympics Maryland kayak coach and state competition director Jack Brosius posed to me on August 27th at our state championship. Jack refuses to use the word disabled in his coaching vernacular.

According to Jack, it’s very clear that the coach is the one who is challenged… challenged to understand each athlete…. challenged to connect with each athlete. Challenged to get the very best out of each and every athlete.

Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above with athlete Peter Berlett at the Cycling qualifier in Bowie on August 28th.


Raven Cato

Hometown: Howard County, MD
Sports: Athletics, Basketball, Bowling
Favorite Sports Team: Baltimore Orioles
Fun Fact: Loves to go shopping and try new restaurants

Video link: Click here to watch Raven's interview!
Golf Tournament - October 2nd, Queenstown Harbor Golf Course
Fall Sports Festival - October 22nd, Mount St. Mary's University - more info
8th Annual Big Bats Open - September 8th, Queenstown Harbor - more info
Al Packer's Celebrity Golf Tournament - September 12th, Hunt Valley Country Club - more info
Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Walk/Run - September 18th, McHenry Row - more info


 Ravens Training Camp


Photos: Terry Pack Photography  

On August 16th, the Baltimore Ravens invited 40 Special Olympics Maryland athletes to attend their training camp at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, MD. Click below for photos and videos from the day!


2016 Kayak Championship                         

The 2016 Kayaking Time Trials and Championship took place on August 27th at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.


Cops on Rooftops Fundraiser                       

Photo: Ken Koons/Carroll County Times

On August 27th, Westminster Police Chief Jeff Spaulding, Carroll Sheriff Jim DeWees, State Police Westminster Barrack Commander Lt. Pat McCrory, and Carroll State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo vowed to stay on the roof of a Dunkin' Donuts for 30 hours or until they raised $10,000 for Special Olympics Maryland as part of the Cops on Rooftops fundraiser. Check out the article in the Carroll County Times below!


Athlete Julian English Releases Book


SOMD-Montgomery County athlete Julian English has appeared on several news outlets spreading the word about his book, No Limits: No Boundaries! My Journey Through the ABC's.


Athlete Thomas Smith Visits MSP


SOMD-Howard County athlete Thomas Smith wanted to thank Maryland State Police for their support of Special Olympics, so he made a special trip to the Waterloo Barrack on August 5.


EKS Day is September 24!

September 24, 2016 is Eunice Kennedy Shriver day - an annual celebration of the life of the founder of Special Olympics. It is also a call to action for people to live in a more unified society.

MYTH:  Summer Games is the only major competition Special Olympics Maryland has.

FACT:  Athletes train and compete year-round! In addition to single-sport championships, SOMD also holds Fall Sports Festival and Winter Games on an annual basis. Fall Sports Festival is coming up on October 22nd! Get the details here.



Registration for the 21st Annual Polar Bear Plunge is now open! It will be held on January 26 - 29, 2017. Register today!

Sponsor Highlight: Autobahn Indoor Speedway


Special Olympics Maryland is proud to be year-round corporate partners with Autobahn Indoor Speedway.  Please support this great sponsor as they support our athletes - join SOMD staff and athletes Friday, September 9th at their 1st Anniversary celebration. Click the banner above for more info!


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.


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 Athletes Served




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