"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt" -athlete oath
On March 27, the Special Olympics Maryland Board of Directors elected Baltimore native and Special Olympics Maryland athlete Annu Singleton to join them on the board. When I called him to share the good news, he responded, "Thank you, Jim. I am excited to be on the board." In turn I asked, "What excites you about the opportunity?" Annu replied, "I have ideas, for example, we should have programs for adults in the same sports we did in school, like speed skating . . . and we should do adult area spring games in Baltimore City."
Annu serves as an exceptional ambassador for the mission of our movement. Over the last six months, he has never hesitated when I ask him for support. I asked him three times to take a trip to Sandy Point State Park and plunge into the icy Chesapeake Bay so we could shoot some pre-plunge promo videos. Each time he plunged with me and
urged others to join us for the Plunge. He joined me for two Ravens Roosts meetings to thank them for their tremendous support. And on the eve of the Plunge, he came with me to share his story in front of hundreds of travel agents in town for a meeting with our friend and corporate partner, Carnival. I hope you will read more about Annu in this issue of IMPACT, along with the other stories that demonstrate how our athletes transform lives and help build better communities every day across Maryland.
I am lucky and proud to have Annu as my friend, and I invite you to join me in cheering on Annu and 1200+ other athletes at our Summer Games, June 6-8 at Towson University.
Always Brave in the Attempt,
James C. Schmutz
President and CEO
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