September 2017 

Greetings Supporter,

September was another good month to marvel with pride at the innate ability of our athletes to transform the lives of people who they touch.

Our athletes are leading the way to build communities of dignity and respect together through sport, we are continuing to create a world where opportunity is not limited by disability.

Choose to Include,                      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above looking on as Special Olympics Maryland athletes participate in a Play 60 clinic hosted by the Baltimore Ravens.


The Summerfelts

Compete for: Anne Arundel County

Sports: Steven Jr. has competed in golf, soccer, softball, skiing, and volleyball

Fun Fact: Steven & his soccer team attended the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Greece

Click here to watch the full interview! 

Golf Championship - October 1st, Queenstown, MD - more info 
Fall Sports Festival - October 21st, Emmitsburg, MD - more info
Soccer Championship - October 29th, Fruitland, MD - more info
Over the Edge - September 30th, Bethesda, MD - more info
Zombie Invasion 5K - October 1st, La Plata, MD - more info
GEICO Tunnel Run - October 8th, Baltimore, MD - more info
Rockfish Open - October 14th, Riva, MD - more info
Red Robin Tip-a-Cop - October 21st, various locations - more info
Howlin' Hustle 5K - October 28th, Annapolis, MD - more info


Team Maryland Training Camp












This month, Special Olympics Maryland athletes traveled to Mercersburg Academy to participate in training camp in preparation for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.


Ravens Host Play 60 All Ability Clinic

Photos courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens 

On September 18th, the Baltimore Ravens hosted 100 Special Olympics Maryland athletes for a Play 60 All Ability Clinic at the Under Armour Performance Center.


Winter Games Athletes Recognized

On September 7th, Special Olympics Maryland athletes and Law Enforcement Torch Run representatives who participated in the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria were honored by the Lieutenant Governor at the Maryland State House.


Department of Corrections Tug of War

On September 22nd, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services held the annual Tug-of-War competition to benefit Special Olympics Maryland.


Brave in the Attempt Podcast

Check out the latest from our Brave in the Attempt podcast! This month, we talk fundraising events, the National Softball Tournament in North Dakota, and a Special Olympics Maryland athlete fulfills his dream of interviewing University of Maryland Men's Basketball Head Coach Mark Turgeon.


MYTHI can't participate in Special Olympics Maryland 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!

  Sponsor Highlight

On September 10th, 120 Special Olympics Maryland athletes, families, friends, and supporters explored the Carnival Pride and enjoyed a truly authentic dining experience.



Are you BRAVE enough to take a dip in the 30 degree bay? There are only four months left until Plunge! Click below for more information or to register today.



Saturday, October 28, 2017

Special Olympics will once again celebrate Homecoming with Towson University! Join us at the Homecoming Football Game to cheer on the Tigers as they take on the Blue Hens of University of Delaware.

Events will include:

-Pre-game social

-SOMD group tickets to the game

-Special on-field opportunities for SOMD athletes 

Email Jeff Abel ( with questions.

 From the Heart by Alisa

Special Olympics Maryland athlete Alisa Ogden creates necklaces that symbolize the beauty in differences. $5 of each purchase is donated to Special Olympics Maryland. Click here to shop!



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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