Thanks to everyone who came out for our Third Annual Bull Roast!
There was lots of fun, lots of food, and lots of winners! And it
was a very successful fundraiser for our program. Talk about a Win
- Win situation!
Syd Lea is an athlete from Carroll
County that wanted to give something back to Special Olympics. So
he sat down with his mom and asked her what he could do. They came
up with the idea to give a little something back every month. So
Syd is donating one hour of his pay every month to Special Olympics
Maryland in Carroll County. For Syd, that's $11.41.
Syd's friend Christine , who is an
athlete in Howard County, heard about what Syd is doing and has
decided she will make a monthly donation to Special Olympics
Maryland in Howard County. If Syd can do it, so can she. For
Christine, that's $8.25 month.
Now my son, Nicholas, has picked up the
challenge and is donating one hour of his pay every month to Anne
Arundel County Special Olympics. For Nick that's $8.50.
So here is Nick Meade's challenge to
everyone: Consider giving something back every month to Special
Olympics Anne Arundel Co.
to set up your donation to our program.
Famous Dave's BBQ and Special Olympics Maryland are teaming up to
present Famous Dave's Bocce and Backyard BBQ Day at 6 of their
restaurant locations around the state.
The Annapolis restaurant
will host this event on Saturday, Sept. 12. Note, due to
the weather, the Annapolis event has been rescheduled to Oct. 3rd.
In conjunction with these events, all Famous Dave's restaurants will offer Brave in the
Attempt platters during the month of September. A portion of the platter's cost will be
donated to the restaurant's Local Area Special Olympics program.
For more information, to make a donation, or to get involved, please
to go to Special Olympics Maryland's event page announcing this event.
We are recruiting for a new volunteer position on our management team,
grant writer. Applicants should be willing to spend an hour or two
each week, identifying potential grant sources, researching the
requirements, writing grant requests, serving as the point of contact
for Special Olympics Anne Arundel County, and reporting back to the
management team at our monthly meetings. All positions on our
management team are filled by volunteers. Interested parties
should contact our Area Director
Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Special Olympics are teaming up
again to provide the Young Athletes Program for children with special
needs, ages 3 - 7, during the 2015 - 2016
school year. For information about this program, including the starting
date and practice schedule, please see their
flyer. Janis Jank
will again be the point of contact. Her new email address is
The August 6th on-line edition of the Capital newspaper includes a great
article on our kayaking program by Kathleen Shatt. To view this
article, click on the following link: Kathy's People: Special Olympians train for kayaking competition
For information about volunteer opportunities with our
program, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kyle Hines
Coaches and assistant coaches must be at least 18 years old, and must
undergo a background check. Volunteers who assist at events or
practices may be younger than 18, but volunteers who are under 16 must
be supervised by a parent or guardian.
To make information about our programs more available,
we have added contact email addresses for our head coaches to each
of the pages for our sports programs.
I wish to make athletes, parents, and caregivers aware
that after discussions with Special Olympics, Inc., and Special Olympics
North America, Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) will be enforcing age group
regulations for teams. The age
groupings that SOMD will use are 8 - 11, 12 - 15, 16 - 21, 22 -
39, 40 and over. Additional
groups may be possible in the 22 and over group, depending on the
numbers of adult participants. The regulatory article, Article 1
of the Sports Rules is available on Special Olympics USA's web site. See
Sports Rules, Article 1
for details (scroll down to Section H on page 7). Note that SOMD
has decided to subdivide the upper and lower age groupings for teams. SOMD has an explanation of and the underlying
rationale for the policy available on their web site. See the Explanation and Rationale
For Facebook fans, we have a group in Facebook -
Special Olympics Maryland, Anne Arundel County. Messages about
upcoming events, last minute cancelations, and the start of our sports
seasons will be posted here. Link to our
Page here, and join our group!.
If you have any questions about our program, feel free to contact me, via phone, fax, e-mail,
or regular post, and I will respond as quickly as I can.
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Athlete opportunities - SOMD
Special Olympics Maryland will send out announcements about
opportunities for athletes to expand their horizons. You may also
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No current announcements.
27 SO Howard Co. Powerlifting qualifier
Washington College rescheduled
3 Famous Dave's Bocce and Backyard BBQ Day, Annapolis
location, 1 - 4 pm. See the
4 SOMD Golf
Championships Queenstown Harbor Golf Course
10 SOMD Kayaking
Volunteer training, 6 - 7 pm, Severna Park Library
Questions - please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kyle Hines,
18 SOAAC Soccer qualifier,
24 SOMD Fall Sports Fest Cycling, Powerlifting & Tennis, Mount
St. Mary's College
26 Halloween Party Marley Middle
6 - 8:30 pm