December 2016

Greetings Supporter,

There is no off season for our Special Olympics Maryland athletes. On December 4th, we culminated our Fall season with our state Bowling Championships presented by The Sons of American Legion and hosted by our good friends at Bowl America in Gaithersburg with support from a dedicated team of volunteers, which included for the first time a team of 15 volunteers from ASRC Federal. Alpine Skiers and Snowshoe athletes are practicing and basketball teams are hitting the hardwood as the winter season starts.


Creating a world where opportunity
is not limited by disability,      
                


James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I'm pictured above congratulating an athlete at the 2016 State Bowling Championships presented by the Sons of the American Legion at Bowl America in Gaithersburg. MD.

ATHLETE of the MONTH

Zack Duffy

Competes For: Baltimore County

Sports: Aquatics, Bowling

Favorite Sports Team: Baltimore Ravens

Fun Fact: Zack admires his dad

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

UPCOMING EVENTS
2017 MSP Polar Bear Plunge - January 28th, Annapolis, MD - more info

 
 
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.

Additionally, athlete Patrick Speaker was featured in the Herald-Mail this month. Patrick and his family talked about the journey to Austria and what it means to them to compete in the World Winter Games.    

 

 

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Leadership U Teams Up with SOMD

This fall, the Special Olympics Maryland Howard County soccer program caught the eyes of a team of students in the Leadership U program. Managed by Leadership Howard County, Leadership U empowers high school students to learn by doing in the local community.

 

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Give the Gift of Sport

Since its inception, Special Olympics has offered its programs at no cost to athletes. The average cost for an athlete like Zack, December's athlete of the month, to train and compete in one sport per season is $203. Thanks to your support, Special Olympics Maryland can recruit more athletes to join Zack.

Help us raise $40,000 to support athletes like Zack throughout the state of Maryland.

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Thank You for a Great 2016!


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!

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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!

2017 Polar Bear Plunge

 

The 2017 MSP Polar Bear Plunge is just ONE month away! It will be held on January 28, 2017. Register today!

Donate

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!

  Sponsor Highlight: Hearst Broadcasting


This month we would like to recognize our partners and friends at Hearst Broadcasting in Baltimore. WbalTV11, 98 Rock and WBAL 1090 are the best definition of partners from supporting our efforts with the annual Plunge promotions and marketing efforts, raising awareness around Summer Games to providing our athletes leadership an on-air opportunities to demonstrate their abilities. We close the year celebrating our partnership and look forward to a great 2017.

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

7,311

4,943 TRAINING & COMPETITION

2,368 TRAINING

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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