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Let Me Be Brave In The Attempt."

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. 


Schedule Change Notification
No changes to report
 ** The State Kayaking Competition that was scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 3rd, has been rescheduled. The new date for the competition is Saturday, Oct. 10th. Location is still Washington College. **
 ** Attention! Due to weather conditions, golf practice this evening, Wed., Oct. 1st, has been canceled. Tennis practice may still go on as scheduled. **  

Director's Corner

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Third Annual Bull Roast!  There was lots of fun, lots of food, and lots of winners!  And it was a very successful fundraiser for our program.  Talk about a Win - Win situation!

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.

Just click here to set up your donation to our program.

Famous Dave's BBQ and Special Olympics Maryland are teaming up to present Famous Dave's Bocce and Backyard BBQ Day at 6 of their restaurant locations around the state.  The Annapolis restaurant will host this event on Saturday, Sept. 12.  Note, due to the weather, the Annapolis event has been rescheduled to Oct. 3rd.  In conjunction with these events, all Famous Dave's restaurants will offer Brave in the Attempt platters during the month of September.  A portion of the platter's cost will be donated to the restaurant's Local Area Special Olympics program.  For more information, to make a donation, or to get involved, please click here to go to Special Olympics Maryland's event page announcing this event.

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 Gregg Meade ( greggmeade@verizon.net ).

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 jbjank@gmail.com.

The August 6th on-line edition of the Capital newspaper includes a great article on our kayaking program by Kathleen Shatt.  To view this article, click on the following link:  Kathy's People: Special Olympians train for kayaking competition

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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Coming Events

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:

No current announcements.

Current sports:
Tenpin Bowling


27 SO Howard Co. Powerlifting qualifier

3 SOMD Kayaking Championships, Washington College rescheduled
Famous Dave's Bocce and Backyard BBQ Day, Annapolis location, 1 - 4 pm.  See the flyer for more details.
4 SOMD Golf Championships Queenstown Harbor Golf Course

10 SOMD Kayaking Championships, Washington College
13 Volunteer training, 6 - 7 pm, Severna Park Library
Questions - please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kyle Hines,
18 SOAAC Soccer qualifier, Severn School
24 SOMD Fall Sports Fest Cycling, Powerlifting & Tennis, Mount St. Mary's College
26 Halloween Party Marley Middle School,
6 - 8:30 pm


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