October 2017 

Greetings Supporter,

When we complete our Interscholastic Unified Sports Tennis Championship on November 1st, we will have hosted three state championships for over 1,000 athletes in seven sports over twelve days. 

As we engage in so many events on and off the field of play, I want to recognize our athletes, families, coaches, volunteers, and the SOMD staff for their tireless efforts in delivering on the promise of our mission.

We have an unbelievable team which every day is inspiring a world where opportunity is not limited by disability.


James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Special Olympics Maryland - Garrett County athletes at the 2017 Autumn Glory Parage on October 14th in Oakland, Maryland.


Sean McCann

Competes for: Carroll County

Sports: Athletics, basketball, kayaking, powerlifting

Fun Fact: Sean is a Denver Broncos fan

Click here to watch the full interview! 

State High School Tennis Championship - November 1st, Towson, MD - more info 
State Bowling Championship - December 3rd, Gaithersburg, MD

St. Mary's Splash - December 9th, Scotland, MD - more info
2018 Polar Bear Plunge - January 25-27, Annapolis, MD - more info
2018 Deep Creek Dunk - February 24th, Oakland, MD - more info


2017 State Golf Championship












On October 1st, 191 Special Olympics Maryland athletes and 64 Unified partners competed in the 2017 State Golf Championship at Queenstown Harbor Golf Course.


2017 Fall Sports Festival

On October 21st, 400 athletes and 50 Unified partners competed in cycling, flag football, long distance running, powerlifting, and tennis at the 2017 Fall Sports Festival.


2017 State Soccer Tournament

On October 29th, Special Olympics Maryland athletes competed in the 2017 State Soccer Tournament at Crown Sports Center in Fruitland, Maryland.


Over the Edge

Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver went Over the Edge for Special Olympics Maryland on September 30th.

On September 30th, Special Olympics Maryland supporters rappelled down a 16-story building in Bethesda as part of our first-ever Over the Edge event!

SAVE THE DATE: Next year's event will be taking place on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, and registration will be opening soon at overtheedgemd.com



 Uniting Special Olympics Maryland and McDaniel Athletes through Soccer

This fall, Special Olympics Maryland - Carroll County is partnering with McDaniel College's women's soccer team. Click below to read reporter Katie Clawson's story in the McDaniel Free Press about the partnership!



National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Two Special Olympics Maryland athletes were recognized for their work in their communities.



MYTHSpecial Olympics Maryland doesn't have a big impact on health and body image.

FACTSpecial Olympics Maryland helps to empower athletes to lead a healthier life! We recently spoke with athletes Candace Whiting and Elaina Camacho about what it's like to be a female athlete with a disability, and how they overcome the pressures put on them by society. Click below to read more!


  Sponsor Highlight

This November, The Greene Turtle is hosting Funds for Friends to benefit Special Olympics Maryland in all Maryland Greene Turtles excluding the Ocean City locations.

The dates are:
- November 1st
- November 8th
- November 15th
- November 29th

Click below for the flyer to bring in to your local Greene Turtle!


 2018 USA Games

 From July 1-6, more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 states will compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington.




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Entering its sixth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Click here to support Special Olympics Maryland on Giving Tuesday - or here to find out how you can get involved!

2018 Brave in the Attempt Talks: "Transform"

We are looking for speakers at the 2018 Brave In The Attempt Talks. This year’s theme is “transform”. How has your life been transformed by an event that happened? Click here for more information and see the talks from last year.

Three Months to Plunge

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

 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 Maryland 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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