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      ** Tickets are now on sale for our Second Annual Bull & Oyster Roast, September 20, 2014, at La Fountaine Bleue in Glen Burnie!  **

"Let Me Win, But if I Cannot Win,
Let Me Be Brave In The Attempt."

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Director's Corner

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. For tickets, please contact Lois Jackson, 410-262-3876, or Sue Freyman, 410-544-4915.  Hurry, you do not want to miss it this year!  The organizing committee has gone all out, and there will be lots of great items available, grouped in baskets or boxes, at our auctions.  We will also be raffling off a couple of tickets to Sunday in the Country in Columbia, with backstage passes to meet your artist of choice!  The prize raffles will offer a choice of 3 prizes to the first winner, choice of 2 remaining prizes to the second number drawn, with the third winner getting the remaining prize. There will be multiple raffles, with different sets of prizes.  There will be a plant & liquor wheel, and a cake wheel.  Plus lots of door prizes.  Get your tickets today!

Eastern Mountain Sports at the Parole Center in Towson has invited our program to participate in their upcoming Club Day activities that they hold twice a year.  On Oct. 3rd through Oct. 5th (Friday - Sunday), customers will get discounts if they belong to certain outdoor activity or outdoor stewardship organizations.  If customers are not members, they can still get the discount by making a specified minimum donation to one of the groups (maximum of 4) that has a table set up in the store.  We are looking for volunteers (athletes, families, coaches,...) to man our donation table (in 2 hour shifts) during store hours on those three days.  Please contact Al Jank if you can spare some time that weekend.  We thank our friends at Eastern Mountain Sports for giving us this opportunity.  We truly appreciate their support!

I would like to express my gratitude to Wheels from the Past Car Club for their generous donation to our program after their Car Show on Saturday, August 30th.  We sincerely appreciate their donation, over $2000 to support our program!  Kory Heinbuck gives a thumbs up to John Brady's '72 Chevy Nova, one of the entries in the show.  According to Kory, "This is a car with serious muscle!".


Attention AA County golfers - SOMD and Special Olympics Upper Shore is holding their 6th Annual Big Bats Open Golf Tournament, a fund raiser to benefit SOMD and SO Upper Shore.  For this year's event, our program can also benefit.  For each foursome that signs up through our program, we would receive slightly over 1/3 share of the $600 entry fee for that foursome.  The tournament is scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 24th at the Queenstown Harbor Golf course, start time, 10 am.  Click here for more information.  So, get the word out to your golfing friends, and head on over to the Shore for a day of golf!

On Saturday, Oct. 4th, the Annapolis Police Dept. will again hold their One Mile Challenge, a fundraiser that benefits Special Olympics Maryland.  Please see the One Mile Challenge flyer for more information.

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 ( 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.  Messages about upcoming events, last minute cancelations, and the start of our sports seasons will be posted here. Link to our Facebook 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.

Gregg Meade greggmeade@verizon.net


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Coaches' training

Coaches should advise Gregg Meade or Pru Sahadeo when they plan to attend classes.

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 see these:

Beginner Global Messenger training  Please discuss with Gregg Meade before applying, apply by 9/4/2014
Emcee audition for SOMD Golf Tournament, submit by 9/10/2014
Emcee audition for SOMD Fall Fest and for Soccer Tournament, submit by 9/29/2014

Current sports:
10-Pin Bowling

20 Bull Roast fundraiser - La Fountaine Bleue, Glen Burnie, MD
27 SOMD Kayaking Championships - Washington College, Chestertown MD

5 SOAAC Soccer qualifier - Severn School
19 SOMD Golf Championships (skills, stroke play) - Queenstown Harbor Golf, Queenstown MD
25 SOMD Fall Sports Fest
(Cycling, Power lifting. Tennis) Mount St. Mary's College
27 Halloween Party 6 - 8:30 pm Marley Middle School


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