Mission: To provide year-round sports training and competition programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Recently the organization has partnered with 21 of the state's 24 school districts to add special olympics unified sports to thier (continued on sch. O) interscholastic sports programs, to help those districts comply with the 2008 maryland fitness and athletics equity for students with disabilities act.
Programs: Provide year-round athletic games and competition programs for children and adults of maryland with intellectual disabilities. The organization received $469,099 of donated supplies, materials, and services associated with the games and competition.
provide training & other services to various counties and outreach programs for the athletes.
public education regarding the programs available to the athletes, etc.
As a swimmer in high school I figured I should put the hours I clocked in the pool to good use. I worked one on one with kids for two to three hours ever Friday night at the Annapolis Swim Center. I became close with several of the swimmers and really looked forward to seeing them and their family's every Friday. The staff I worked with were super positive people that were extremely dedicated to working with Special Olympics. At the end of the year there was a large meet hosted at the Naval Academy in which all of the swimmers could participate. It was really amazing to watch how far so many of them had come and how happy it made them and their families.