September 2016

Greetings Supporter,

On September 24th, we celebrated EKS Day in honor of our founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Mrs. Shriver wanted to make sure that every individual with an intellectual disability had the right to play on any team, so she eliminated cost... our athletes participate at no charge. So, in addition to our core mission of sport activity, we have a range of events throughout the fall that raise funds and awareness to support our programs.

Mrs. Shriver would be very proud of the leadership demonstrated by our athletes.

Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above at Opening Ceremonies of a prior Fall Sports Festival. This year's event takes place on Saturday, October 22nd at Mount St. Mary's University.


Josh Nagel

Competes For: Upper Shore

Sports: Aquatics, Kayaking, Power Lifting 

Favorite Sports Teams: Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, University of Maryland Terrapins

Looks Up To: Steve Smith Sr.

Video link: Click here to watch Josh's interview!
Golf Tournament - October 2nd, Queenstown Harbor Golf Course
Fall Sports Festival - October 22nd, Mount St. Mary's University - more info
Soccer Tournament - October 30th, Crown Sports Center
Maryland Rockfish Open - October 8th, Riva, MD - more info
Zombie Invasion 5K - October 23rd, La Plata, MD - more info
Howlin' Hustle - October 29th, Annapolis, MD - more info


 EKS Day 2016


On September 24th, we celebrated the life and legacy of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. 


SAVE THE DATE: Red Robin Tip-A-Cop


On October 22nd, law enforcement officers and department personnel will volunteer their time as "Celebrity Waiters" to collect tips at Red Robin restaurants to support Special Olympics Maryland. Click below to find your local Red Robin!


Athlete Wins International Award

On September 16th, SOMD - Frederick County athlete Adam Hays was honored with the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council Athlete Award at the annual LETR International Conference in Phoenix, AZ.


Sportsmanship Shines at Kayak Finals

At the 2016 Kayaking Championships, two Special Olympics Maryland athletes demonstrated what sportsmanship really means.


Athlete Earns #1 Play of the Week


RJ Nealon, SOMD - Upper Shore athlete and current University of Alabama student, earned the top spot on Rebel Watch's Top 5 Plays of the Week for an incredible one-handed catch in his Unified Flag Football Game.


High School Volunteer Opportunities

Schools are back in session and the competition schedule is filling up. High school students (both groups and individuals) can find meaningful opportunities to serve with Special Olympics Maryland.

MYTH:  "I can't participate in Special Olympics if I don't have an intellectual disability."

FACT:  You can be a Unified Partner! All across Maryland, Special Olympics athletes and their teammates without intellectual disabilities practice and play together on Unified Sports teams. Click here to learn more!



Register today for the 2016 MSP Polar Bear Plunge! It will be held on January 26 - 28, 2017. Register today!

Sponsor Highlight: Red Robin


Please support this great sponsor as they support SOMD! Check out the story on the left side or click here to learn more about Red Robin Tip-A-Cop on October 22nd!

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!

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 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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