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Please be advised - on this web site, we attempt to be as accurate as possible concerning the times, dates and locations for practices and activities.  When, due to circumstances beyond our control, an activity is canceled, rescheduled, or relocated at the last minute, the new information will be noted below as quickly as possible.  If you are dropping off an athlete for an activity, we strongly recommend that you confirm that activity on site before you depart. 

 

Schedule Change Notification
 ** Softball players should attend the Calvert County qualifier this Saturday, May 28th.  **  

Director's Corner


Attention kayakers, new and experienced! Due to the growing popularity of this sport (thank you, Al), we request that you please pre-register this year.  Deadline for pre-registration is June 7th.  Please notify Area Director Gregg Meade or Sports Director Pru Sahadeo, or call the SOAAC phone line: 410-923-0383.   Thank you.

Great news!  The Knights of Pythias will again be holding their Fun Day fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Anne Arundel County.  The event will be held on Saturday, June 18, at the Knights of Pythias facility in Edgewater.  The admission ($20 in advance, $25 at the door if available) includes food, drinks, live music, and fun activities.  To purchase tickets and for more details, please see our flyer.  This is a truly enjoyable experience!  Parents and friends of Special Olympics AA County may also help out by baking a cake or some other sweet treat to be used as prizes for the cake wheel (strictly voluntary).  We thank you for your support!

With thanks to Glenn Carr, the Special Olympics Day with the Baysox is scheduled for Sunday, July 17 at the Prince George's Stadium in the Chesapeake Room.  Game starts at 2:05 pm.  Tickets are $30 per person, admission, food, and drink included.  Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Anne Arundel County.  For more information, including how to get your tickets,  please click here.  Deadline for ordering tickets is July 7.  Come on out and have a ball.  If you are really lucky, maybe one will come your way!

Save the date!  Our next Bull Roast will again be held at La Fountaine Bleue, on Saturday, September 24th.  This is our primary fundraiser for the year,  and we are hoping that this year's event will be even more successful than last year.  Please be warned, we sold out of tickets last year, and had to turn away a few people who waited until the last minute.  This event was a lot of fun, and we had lots of wonderful items that were auctioned off.  If we know far enough ahead of time, we can accommodate any number of paying customers, up to the capacity of the rooms we can schedule for our event.  So, check at our flyer for menu details and contact information, recruit your friends, and reserve your tickets asap.

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.

Just click here to set up your donation to our program.


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 Gregg Meade ( greggmeade@verizon.net ).

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 jbjank@gmail.com.

For information about volunteer opportunities with our program, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kyle Hines ( khinessoaamd@gmail.com ).  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 here.

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 Facebook 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.

Gregg Meade greggmeade@verizon.net

 

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Coming Events


Coaches' training

Coaches should advise Gregg Meade or Pru Sahadeo when they plan to attend classes.

Athlete opportunities - SOMD
Special Olympics Maryland will send out announcements about opportunities for athletes to expand their horizons.

Current sports:
Bocce
Softball
Swimming
Track & Field

May
28 Calvert County qualifier Softball
 

June
10 - 12 SOMD Summer Games
, Towson University, Bocce, Softball, Swimming (Aquatics), Track & Field (Athletics)
13 Kayaking begins - please pre-register by June 7
18 Knights of Pythias Fun Fundraiser Edgewater, 3 - 7 pm
See our flyer for details
20 End of Year Party Cancun Cantina, 6 - 8:30 pm
 

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Contact Information

Telephone
410-923-0383
FAX
410-923-0200
Postal address
PO Box 553, Crownsville, MD 21032-0553
Electronic mail
General Information:
        greggmeade@verizon.net
Sports Director:
        prusahadeo@gmail.com
Webmaster:
        mjtree83@yahoo.com

 

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Last modified: 08/22/15