November 2018

Greetings Supporter,

The annual tradition of “Thanksgiving” naturally evokes myriad emotions and memories. Having celebrated Thanksgiving on November 22nd and kicked off the “giving” season on Giving Tuesday, November 27th, I want to share with you reflections on why I am so grateful for Special Olympics Maryland and the ability of our athletes to bring people together.

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James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I am pictured above getting ready to rappel down 2 Bethesda Metro Center at this year's Over the Edge event.


Riley Roberson

Riley Roberson is a multi-sport athlete from Anne Arundel County who recently earned a gold and silver medal at the 2018 Special Olympics Maryland Fall Sports Festival.

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IUS Strength & Conditioning Invitational - February 5th, Wye Mill, MD - more info
IUS Indoor Bocce Championship - February 12th, Hagerstown, MD - more info
2019 Winter Games - February 24th-26th, Mercersburg, PA
2019 Special Olympics World Games - March 14th-21st, Abu Dhabi, UAE - more info

St. Mary's Splash - December 8th, Scotland, MD - more info
2019 MSP Polar Bear Plunge - January 24th-26th, Annapolis, MD - more info
2019 MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk - February 22nd-23rd, Arnold, MD - more info


2018 IUS Tennis Championship

On November 7th, 175 student-athletes competed at Loyola University for the 2018 IUS State High School Tennis Tournament as we celebrated 10 years of the IUS program in Maryland.


2019 World Games Athletes

Special Olympics USA will send a 300+ member delegation to represent the country to the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, including four athletes from Maryland: Charles Gaines, Calvin Massenburg, Jena Jones, and Kegan Zimmerman.


2018 Over the Edge

On November 3rd, 92 brave participants raised $1,500 or more each and rappelled down a 16-story building in Bethesda in support of Special Olympics Maryland.


A Family Affair: Meet the Bogaskys

For the Bogaskys, Special Olympics Maryland really is a family affair. Learn more about what John Jr., John Sr., and Shelly are doing for the Montgomery County programs and check out their recent journey Over the Edge.

MYTHI missed Giving Tuesday! It's too late to donate now.

FACTIt's never too late to support Special Olympics Maryland! Your gift helps to support 7,782 athletes who train and compete year-round throughout the state. Click here to see where your money goes!

  Sponsor Highlight

It's our pleasure to welcome Chick-Fil-A back to the MSP Polar Bear Plunge for the third year in a row!

MSP Polar Bear Plunge

The 2019 MSP Polar Bear Plunge is coming up in less than two months! Come #BearTheCold with us at Sandy Point State Park.

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