Please be advised that, from this point forward, new forms for
athlete participation in any Special Olympics activities will be
required as the current forms expire. The new form has 5 pages
and requires that the physician complete the physical examination
additional forms may be required now, depending on the athlete's
situation. These new forms are mandated by Special Olympics
International. The forms are available on our Forms page (link
available at the top of the page).
Attention coaches! A copy of SOMD's incident reporting form is now
available on the Forms page of our web site. Please print
copies and keep them on hand at practices and competitions.
One of out parents has posted a video featuring our tennis team on
youtube. Follow this link to watch and enjoy the video
SOAAC Tennis team video
Thanks to all who came to the Bull Roast
at La Fountaine Bleue. It was a very successful fundraiser for
our program. We really appreciate all of your support!
And we are very grateful to all of the donors who contributed to
making this a truly enjoyable event. Thank you, thank you.
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.
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
Skiing - Alpine & Snowshoeing
11 - 12 Athletes on Snow training (mandatory for State Games),
Ski Whitetail, Mercersburg, PA
26 SOMD Duckpin tournament Hagerstown, MD
26 Basketball qualifier Unified (player development) - Glenelg High School
27 - 28 SOMD Winter Games Ski Whitetail, Mercersburg, PA
Aquatics practices begin - Session 1, 6
- 7 pm; Session 2, 7 - 8 pm; Session 3, 8 - 9 pm. Annapolis Swim
4 Basketball qualifier (Unified) Severn School
5 Basketball qualifier (Teams) - McDaniel College
Bocce practice begin - 6 - 7:15 pm Ruth
Field practice begin - 6 - 7 pm Annapolis High School
Softball practice begin - 6 - 7:30 pm
Lake Waterford Park
25 SOMD Spring Games Skills, Player Development teams
26 SOMD Spring Games Teams