On April 23 and April 24, the US
Naval Academy will again be hosting qualifiers for summer sports
this year. The Annapolis Jaycees will handle recruiting
volunteers to assist with running the event. On Saturday, the
23rd, the qualifier for Aquatics will be held. On Sunday, the
24th, qualifiers for Bocce and for Track & Field are scheduled.
If you are interested in helping with this event please contact the
Annapolis Jaycees via email,
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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Coaches should advise Gregg Meade or Pru Sahadeo when they plan to
Athlete opportunities - SOMD
Special Olympics Maryland will send out announcements about
opportunities for athletes to expand their horizons. You may also
go to the SOMD News page to view these:
Special Olympics MD Appreciation
Day at Towson U.
Sat. Feb. 13 - Register by 2/11 for a chance to be on the floor at
halftime as the athletes come out of the tunnel!
Global Messenger Training
April 9, 2016 - register by March 28, 2016
April 30, 2016 - register by April 15, 2016
Skiing - Alpine & Snowshoeing
6 & 7
Athletes on Snow training -
mandatory to qualify for State Games, Ski Whitetail, Mercersburg PA
SOMD Duckpin Bowling Tournament,
22 & 23 SOMD
- State Tournament for Skiing and Snowshoeing
begins. Session 1, 6 - 7 pm; Session 2, 7 - 8 pm;
Session 3, 8 - 9 pm, Arundel Swim Center
5 SOAAC Basketball qualifier (tentative) Severn School
6 Basketball qualifier (tentative) McDaniel College
Field begins, 6 - 7 pm, Annapolis High School
begins, 6 - 7:15 pm, Ruth Eason School
19 & 20 SOMD
- State Tournament, Hood College, Saturday - Basketball Skills
/ Mentor & Player Development; Sunday - Teams
Softball begins, 6 - 7:30 pm, Lake
27 Easter Sunday No practice