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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."


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. 

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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.

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 more information.

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 something fun! 

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 7/17.

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, please see:
www.kingsdominion.com

 Here is the survey monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SOMDKDTRIP


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.

Special Olympics Maryland is seeking athletes for following opportunity:


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 Ambassadors

  • What is a speech and developing your 30 second elevator speech

  • Parts of a speech and what goes into a speech, etc

  • 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 jschriml@somd.org. The deadline for applications is September 04th, 2014.

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 jschriml@somd.org to register and indicate the county they are with.

Thank you for your interest and I hope we will see you for this training.

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 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.

Current sports:

July
15 Kayaking canceled
22
Kayaking begins.  Session 1 runs from 6 - 7. 
Session 2 runs from 7 - 8.
Arlington Echo
17
Golf begins.  Skills practice runs from 6:30 - 7:30. 
Alternate Shot practice runs from 7:30 - 8:30.
Arundel Golf Park

August

4 Soccer begins.  Skills practice runs from 6 - 7 at Lake Waterford Park.  Unified Mentors practice runs from 6 - 7 at Ruth Eason School,  Teams practice from 6 - 7:30 at Ruth Eason School.
13 Powerlifting begins.  Practices run from 7 - 8:30 at the Edgewater Fitness Club
16
Cycling begins.  Practices run from 9 - 11 am. Meet at the B&A Trail Park Ranger Station
17 10-Pin Bowling begins.  Practices run from 1 - 3 at Bowl America Glen Burnie
21
Tennis begins.  Practices run from 5:30 - 6:30 at Annapolis High School
24 SOAAC Golf qualifier - Compass Pointe Golf Club
28 Volunteer orientation -
Severna Park Library  Please contact our volunteer coordinator
, Kyle Hines  khinessoaamd@gmail.com  to register.

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