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
or Sports Director
or call the SOAAC phone line:
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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28 Calvert County qualifier Softball
10 - 12 SOMD Summer Games, Towson University, Bocce, Softball,
Swimming (Aquatics), Track & Field (Athletics)
Kayaking begins - please pre-register by
18 Knights of Pythias Fun Fundraiser Edgewater, 3 - 7 pm
20 End of Year Party Cancun Cantina, 6 - 8:30 pm