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.
Wheels from the Past has chosen our program to be the beneficiary of
their 8th Annual Labor Day Weekend Car Show, Saturday, Aug; 30th,
9 am - 2 pm, at the Greene Turtle Restaurant in Edgewater, MD. Any
of our athletes who attend will vote for their favorite car, and the car
receiving the most votes will be awarded a prize. So come on out
and have some fun. Please see the Car Show flyer for
A round of "Thanks" to Glenn Carr for taking the lead on the annual
Bowie Baysox event. It may have been hot outside, but the skybox
was cool and comfortable. The food was good and the company could
not be beat. Over 180 tickets were sold! Way to go Glenn!
Special Olympics Maryland has sent out the following message:
A key Special Olympics Maryland value is ‘Friendship for
life’. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from training and
competition and just enjoy spending time with our friends doing
Special Olympics Maryland has been given the opportunity to offer
discount tickets or to set up a special SOMD day at Kings Dominion
amusement park in Doswell, Virginia. We have created a survey for
distribution to our athletes and their families in an effort to
determine what type interest exists for this activity. Details about the
three options available to us are included in the survey.
The survey will close at 4:30 on
Please keep in mind this is intended for our extended SOMD family, and
not the general public.
For additional information about Kings Dominion, including directions,
is the survey monkey link:
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.
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
Special Olympics Maryland is seeking athletes for
As the number of opportunities for athletes to take on leadership
roles increase it has become imperative to increase the number of
athletes in each county, region and around Maryland who are trained as
Global Messengers. Just like in sports, skills and ability increase
when training is provided to develop the skill sets to be ambassadors
for the organization and the movement.
We are very happy to offer the Beginner Global Messenger Training
on the weekend of September 12th-13th, 2014 at the Special
Olympics Maryland offices, Friday evening (5pm-9pm), and all day
Saturday. We will offer meals on Friday night and Saturday lunch. We
will also offer all materials and supplies.
We will discuss topics such as:
What makes Special Olympics unique
Roles of a Global Messenger and
What is a speech and developing your
30 second elevator speech
Parts of a speech and what goes into a
Plus much, much more
All topics help build on each other to increase skills and knowledge
that will help athletes create a small speech/presentation to be given
at the end of Saturday.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Do you know an athlete or two who has an interest in the Athlete
Leadership Program and public speaking? Do you know someone who would be
great in this role?
Please let them know about this opportunity and ask them to consider
attending. Athletes will be vetted through their Area Directors before
being accepted to the training.
Athletes who are interested should forward their name and contact
information to Jason Schriml at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is September 04th,
Accommodations can be available for those traveling more than an hour
each way. Rooms will be doubles so athletes may end up sharing with
athletes from other counties of the same gender. Any additional beds
beyond the two per county will be the responsibility of the area county
program. Athletes staying overnight must be accompanied by a chaperone
which will also have accommodation covered.
The success of this training and subsequently the athletes
participating is increased if we have mentors to work with the
athletes/participants those two days. So if you have mentors from your
local area county program they are welcome to attend as well.
Mentors/Chaperones should also contact me at
email@example.com to register and indicate the county they are with.
Thank you for your interest and I hope we will see you for this
Dave Lennox from Special Olympics Inc will be leading and
facilitating the session.
Please send this to athletes you feel may benefit from this training
and are appropriate for the opportunity.
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.