December 2017 

Greetings Supporter,

Turning the page on 2017 provides a time to reflect. Click below for a year-end summary highlighting athlete leadership, competitions, and special events from throughout the year.  

On behalf of our 7,549 athletes, thank you for helping build interactive inclusive communities of dignity and respect through sport, as we create a world where opportunity is not limited by disability. 

See you at the Plunge,                      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I am pictured above with Governor Hogan at the 2017 Police Plunge, recognizing Adam Hays as the 2017 recipient of the Jimmy Myrick Jr. Governor's Courage Award.


Laurie & Lisa Bittinger

Compete for: Garrett County

Sports: Bocce and bowling

Fun Fact: Laurie & Lisa are twins and Unified Partners!

Click here to watch the full interview! 

Winter Games - February 25-27, Mercersburg, PA

2018 Polar Bear Plunge - January 25-27, Annapolis, MD - more info
2018 Deep Creek Dunk - February 24th, Oakland, MD - more info


Flacco Shines in Special Olympics Maryland Cleats












On December 3rd, Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco represented Special Olympics Maryland by wearing customized cleats as part of the NFL's #MyCauseMyCleats game. Flacco lead the Ravens to a 44-20 win, throwing for a season-high 269 yards and 2 touchdowns.


2017 State Bowling Results

On December 3rd, Special Olympics Maryland athletes competed at Bowl America Gaithersburg for the 2017 State Bowling Competition.


Adaptive Sports at Cedar Lane School

On December 12th, the Golf Channel premiered a story featuring Special Olympics Maryland athletes from Cedar Lane School who participate in the Motor Activities Training Program. Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver tells the story of how teacher/coach Jody Duff uses adapted golf equipment to connect her student/athletes to the sport.


Give to Include

This holiday season, we are continuing our celebration of the Special Olympics #InclusionRevolution movement! Throughout the year, we have encouraged you to choose inclusion in your daily life - now, we're coming together to #GiveToInclude.



One Month to Plunge

Are you BRAVE enough to take a dip in the 30 degree bay? There is just ONE MONTH left until the 2018 MSP Polar Bear Plunge! Click below to register or for more information.



MYTHSpecial Olympics only holds competitions in the summer.

FACTSpecial Olympics athletes train and compete year-round! During this year's Winter Games competition from February 25-27, athletes will compete in skiing and snowshoe events.

  Sponsor Highlight

Rams Head has been a proud supporter of the Polar Bear Plunge since 2008 and has helped raise over $300,000 in support of Special Olympics Maryland's mission to provide year-round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.


 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.


Amazon Smile


Did you know that you can support Special Olympics Maryland simply by shopping? donates a portion of your purchase back to us. Click here to shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday!

Employee Giving 

Did you know that you can support Special Olympics Maryland at your workplace through Employee Giving Programs? Click below for more information.

 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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