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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. 

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Director's Corner

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 Gregg Meade by 4/23/2014 if you are interested:

Delegation Reporters for 2014 Summer Games

 Background:  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 and supply. 

Proposal: 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.

Examples of reporting include
- 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.

 Training 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 jschriml@somd.org

Deadline for requesting this additional opportunity is April 23rd, 2014.

 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.  You will need the Adobe Reader to view this document.  Feel free to 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 support!

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 this spring.

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.  See our Facebook Page here.

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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