Attention please. Special Olympics Maryland is
seeking people interested in reporting on the Summer Games at Towson.
Please see their letter below, and respond to
by 4/23/2014 if you are interested:
Delegation Reporters for 2014 Summer Games
Special Olympics Maryland has been able to increase the number of
stories that have been shared over the past year through in person and
email solicitation to Area County programs, athletes, volunteers and
family members. This has resulted in an increase in stories and articles
that have been picked up by local, county, regional, and state media
outlets. These stories have also proven beneficial in the launching of
the IMPACT newsletter by providing content. They have further
improved the ability to recruit athletes, family members, and other key
individuals for speaking engagements and presentations. Even with this
increase the current and forecasted demand will soon outpace our need
Special Olympics Maryland will offer one (1) fully credentialed
Team/Delegation Reporter slot for any interested Area County programs
over and above their regular allotments at the 2014 Summer Games. The
function of this position would be to generate stories and ideas related
directly to the delegation they are assigned to and the Summer Games as
a whole. An embedded reporter will be present, living among the
delegation increasing the chances to procure and produce story content.
There would be goals and obligations that would have to be met while at
the games that may be general or specific to the needs of the Area
County program as determined by the SOMD Communication Department in
consultation with the SOMD directors and county leadership. Costs of
lodging and meals will be fully covered.
- written stories
- video stories
-working with members of delegation to assist in increasing Social Media
postings by other delegation members
-work with families to generate stories.
-Social Media updates.
will be provided
for those designated reporters in advance of the games as well as
mandatory meetings on site at the venue.
Reporters would have to provide their own tablet or smart phone.
SOMD can provide a limited number of still and video cameras or audio
recorders if necessary. SOMD will also provide a space to congregate to
write stories and upload information near the Control Center.
Position reports to VP Communication Jason Schriml
Deadline for requesting this additional opportunity is April 23rd,
SAVE THE DATE! Our Second Annual Bull Roast
is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014, from 7 to 11 at La
Fountaine Bleue. This was a very enjoyable event last year, and we
are expecting this year to be even better. This is our primary
fundraiser, and we really appreciate (and need) your support.
Tickets are on sale now, $45 per person, or will be available at the
door for $50 per person. You can save a little money now by
booking a table of ten for $400, but you must book your table by
September 6th to take advantage of this offer. So spread the word
to family and friends, and we will see you there! For more
details, please see our Bull Roast Flyer.
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print copies and share them with everyone.
From Monday, April 28 thru Thursday, May 1st, Hair
Cuttery locations in Anne Arundel County will donate 20% of your bill to
benefit Anne Arundel County Special Olympics. Please print this
coupon, share it with your shaggier friends, and remember to bring it
with you when you go to the Hair Cuttery. Thank you for your
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the
Knights of Columbus Annapolis Council 1384, and Pasadena Council 10966
for making our program the beneficiary of their Tootsie Roll Campaigns
this year. We are truly grateful for their support, and appreciate
their willingness to assist us with future endeavors.
On behalf of Special Olympics AA County, I would also
like to express our gratitude to Victoria's Fancy Foods for making our
program the beneficiary of their 5th Annual Chocolate Olympics.
This is a very popular annual event at their store, with customers
wishing to sample (and judge) the competition paying a fee that
Victoria's is donating to our program. It was very difficult to
choose one dish - all seven of the competitors outdid themselves this
year! Thank you, Victoria's Fancy Foods!
Thanks also to the Capital Gazette for sharing this
photo of the check presentation.
SOMD has decided that Tennis will return to being a Fall
season sport, effective immediately. There will not be a Tennis
competition at Summer Games this year, and we will not hold practices
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. See our
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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