November 2016

Greetings Supporters,

November provides a great opportunity to reflect, which for me brings attention to the greatest virtues of Special Olympics Maryland.

So having celebrated Thanksgiving on November 24th and kicked off the "giving" season by hosting a Breakfast with Champions event on Giving Tuesday, November 29th, I want to share with you reflections on why I am so grateful for Special Olympics Maryland.

Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above at the 2016 Breakfast with Champions with athlete emcee Josh Smith, World Games athletes Megan Cooper, Brian Vary, and Patrick Speaker, panelist and athlete Stacey Hull, and guest emcee Keith Mills.


Melvin Coles



Competes For: Prince George's County

Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cycling

Favorite Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys

Fun Fact: Loves to spend time with family

Video link: Click here to watch Melvin's interview!

State Bowling Championship - December 4th, Bowl America Gaithersburg - more info

Saint Mary's Splash - December 10th, Scotland, MD - more info
2017 MSP Polar Bear Plunge - January 28th, Annapolis, MD - more info


 2016 Breakfast with Champions


On Tuesday, November 29th, Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco and Dennis Pitta joined Special Olympics Maryland athletes at Towson University for breakfast and a discussion on what it means to be a champion.


Giving Tuesday

Thanks to your support, over $8,000 was raised on Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. 


Thank You for Your Support!

Special Olympics Maryland would like to thank you for your support! Because of you, 7,311 athletes throughout the state of Maryland are able to train and compete year-round. Click below to find out how you can get more involved! 


2017 World Winter Games

In March, three Special Olympics Maryland athletes will travel to Austria to represent Maryland and the United States at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Read more to find out how you can support their journey.


Give the Gift of Plunge!


Make sure you reserve a spot for your best friend, cousin, or sibling this January and give them a gift they will never forget! 


MYTH:  Special Olympics Maryland receives most of its donations through government funding and sponsorship.

FACT:  The majority of donations Special Olympics Maryland receives comes from individuals! In fact, individual gifts given through events and personal donations have accounted for up to 72% of SOMD's revenue in a year.

Thank you for your support!



The 2017 MSP Polar Bear Plunge is just two months away! It will be held on January 26 - 28, 2017. Register today!


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Your IRA Charitable Rollover Option


Did you know that the IRS mandates individuals age 70 ½ and older take Required Minimum Distributions (RMD’s) from their IRA each year, regardless of whether the income is needed? Generally this is treated as taxable income. But if you make a charitable contribution from your IRA, you can satisfy your RMD amount without reporting any additional income.

For more information and a sample letter you can send to your financial advisor, please click here.

 Athletes Served




2014-2015 CHANGE

(+ 2.8%)

(+ 196 athletes)

Spending Wisely in Maryland

87% 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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