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A Chance to Do Something Different

A Chance to Do Something Different

Saturday, November 2 was not just another day for Teri Burtis. She’d been raising funds and awareness for months in support of her participation in the 2019 Over the Edge event for Special Olympics Maryland. For Burtis, a longtime Special Olympics supporter, volunteer, and family member, this was new. It was a chance to do…

A Week to Remember: 2019 Summer Games

A Week to Remember: 2019 Summer Games

From June 7-9, more than 1,500 athletes competed in the 2019 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games, marking the 49th year of the organization’s largest statewide event. Athletics, bocce, cheerleading, softball, and swimming competitions took place across the three days at Towson University and Cockeysville Middle School. Each year, the excitement among Summer Games athletes, families,…

UMD & SOMD Team up to Promote Inclusion on Campus

UMD & SOMD Team up to Promote Inclusion on Campus

On May 7, a University of Maryland student group teamed up with Special Olympics Maryland athlete leaders in an effort to promote inclusion on campus. The group of first year students are members of a program called the iGIVE Living Learning Community, an interactive program which promotes hands-on community engagement for students who have a…

Introducing Aerotek Park at Cockeysville Middle School

Introducing Aerotek Park at Cockeysville Middle School

  Aerotek Recruiting and Staffing, a longtime partner of Special Olympics Maryland, has been supporting Summer Games, the MSP Polar Bear Plunge, and many other year-round events and competitions for many years. Aerotek often says that “our people are everything,” and it is clear that they extend that mantra to the community. They have committed…

Special Olympics Maryland Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Month

Special Olympics Maryland Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Month

Special Olympics Maryland celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Month in April in an effort to highlight and acknowledge the more than 6,000 volunteers who dedicate their time to supporting Special Olympics athletes who train and compete year-round throughout the state. While volunteers provide essential services all year long, athletes and staff took this month to say…

Hooked for Life: A Unified Sports Success Story

Hooked for Life: A Unified Sports Success Story

When Sydney Rossman was a freshman at Linganore High School in Frederick, Maryland, she wanted to play volleyball. She didn’t make the team, but it wasn’t long before she realized that would turn into the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Sydney had seen posters around the school promoting Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS), but…

A Statement from Special Olympics Maryland

Special Olympics is a nonpartisan organization that strongly supports policies, legislation and practices that guarantee the rights, full participation, and integration of people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Special Olympics recognizes the progress that has been made around the country in eliminating the stigma, stereotypes, isolation, and discrimination that people with intellectual disabilities face – most…

Athletes Lead the Way on Capitol Hill

Athletes Lead the Way on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, February 12, a team of Special Olympics Maryland athletes led the way in advocating for Special Olympics programs in Washington, DC as part of the 17th Annual Special Olympics Capitol Hill Day. Throughout the day, 250 Special Olympics athletes, Unified Sports partners, family members, coaches, and staff represented 44 states and the District…

2018 Special Olympics Maryland Coach of the Year: Greta Harrison

2018 Special Olympics Maryland Coach of the Year: Greta Harrison

Congratulations to Coach Greta Harrison, Special Olympics Maryland’s 2018 Coach of the Year!  Coach Greta is a Special Education Teacher in Frederick County Public Schools and is highly involved in both the Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS) program and Community Sports Program in Frederick County. Her involvement dates back to 2009, when she was a member…

Julian English Wins Bronze at Special Olympics Virginia Xperience Tennis Invitational

Julian English Wins Bronze at Special Olympics Virginia Xperience Tennis Invitational

Special Olympics Maryland – Montgomery County athlete Julian English was invited to compete at the Special Olympics Virginia Xperience Tennis Invitational held at the Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville, Virginia from January 10-12. The tournament, now in its 12th year, brings together the 32 of the best tennis players in Special Olympics from across the…

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