December 2018

Greetings Supporter,

“In Special Olympics, everyone’s a winner.”  I first heard that phrase 32 years ago. It was used fairly frequently early in my career when I joined Special Olympics Virginia in 1986. My initial reaction took a narrow view, focused on sport which by definition identifies the winner of a game, a race, a tournament etc.

At first, I didn’t embrace it. I thought it devalued competition and thus was patronizing to our athletes.

As I came to understand the wide range of abilities of our athletes, my perspective evolved.

Choose to Include,                      

James C. Schmutz
President and CEO

I am pictured above plunging into the Chesapeake Bay. Join us this January at Sandy Point State Park for the 2019 MSP Polar Bear Plunge!


Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson is a bowler from Garrett County who recently earned a gold medal at the State Bowling Championship.

Click here to watch the full story! 

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

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 State Bowling Championship

The 2018 Special Olympics Maryland State Bowling Championship was held on Sunday, December 2nd at Bowl America in Gaithersburg.


2019 Special Olympics World Games

Click below to learn more about the four athletes who will represent Maryland at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE in March!


Less Than 1 Month 'Til Plunge!

Just a few short weeks left until the 2019 MSP Polar Bear Plunge! Join us in January at Sandy Point State Park.


2018 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Jen Hill, our Lower Shore Area Director, who was recently named SHAPE Maryland 2018 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year! 


Support Special Olympics Maryland Athletes This Season

Your gift this holiday season will help us to further our mission of providing opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout Maryland.


MYTHI'm registered for the Polar Bear Plunge in January, but fundraising is too hard.

FACT: We've got you covered! Check out our list of tips & tricks to help you reach that goal.

  Sponsor Highlight

Aerotek Recruiting and Staffing, a longtime partner of Special Olympics Maryland, has been supporting the MSP Polar Bear Plunge for more than 15 years. 

MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk

The 2019 MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk is coming up in less than two months! Come #DoTheDunk with us at Deep Creek Lake in February.



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