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By Zach Helfand, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
There was a time when John Worley could keep up with his boys. They would run together and as Worley slowed with age, his twin boys, Mark and Bruce, kept on running, accelerating out of the back of the pack, striding on to Special Olympics Maryland medals and into manhood. It has been a while since those days, 12 years now. And as Mark and Bruce trained for another Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games, John took on what he calls more of a "transportation and inspiration" role.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
One of the two bores carrying northbound Interstate 95 traffic through the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore will be closed for several hours on Sunday morning for Special Olympics Maryland's sixth annual 5-kilometer run and walk fundraiser. More than 900 walkers and runners are expected to take part in the event in the right hand northbound tunnel bore, the proceeds of which support Special Olympics Maryland's work providing athletic training and events for children and adults in the state who have intellectual disabilities.
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From The Record and The Aegis | February 20, 2013
Members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 116F took part in the 17th annual Special Olympics of Maryland Polar Bear Plunge Jan. 26 at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis. Lodge members, who are also Aberdeen Proving Ground police officers with the installation's Directorate of Emergency Services, raised $2,015 in support of the event, which supports sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. "It is our goal to support the Special Olympics of Maryland annually in this event," said DES Police Officer Jonathan Wight.
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By Ryan Bacic, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
For the first two months of her Western High gym class, special education teacher LaDonna Schemm didn't notice. Then a freshman, the ever-bubbly Joy Keene-El would get out of her wheelchair and do everything thrown her way, from tennis to baseball to swimming. One day, when the physical fitness test came around, she did 61 pushups. But eventually an activity came that Keene-El said she couldn't do. And so an incredulous Schemm asked why not. "Look," Keene-El said, hoisting a pant leg. "I don't have any knees.
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November 26, 2012
Special Olympics Maryland has named Stacy Alford as an area, county director team. Alford was born and raised in Baltimore County. She moved to Harford County in 2008 and lives in the Forest Hill area of the county. She is a professional with a national strategic fundraising company who will bring her wealth of experience to the Harford County sub-program. As an aunt to her 8-year-old niece, Leah, with Down Syndrome, Alford also brings the value of personal experience with athletes with intellectual disabilities.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | July 21, 2012
For those of you who are worried that Joe Flacco might be overwhelmed and overtired after the birth of his first child, the Ravens quarterback wants you to know that he's sleeping just fine these days. "My wife does a great job. I can't complain. Everything's pretty good," Flacco said Saturday night while appearing at a benefit for the Special Olympics of Maryland at Al Packer Ford in White Marsh.  Flacco's wife, Dana, gave birth to their son, Stephen, on June 13. The child was named after Flacco's father.
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May 23, 2012
Submitting sports notices The deadline for submitting sports copy is 9 a.m. Monday. We prefer email (howardcountysports@patuxent.com). Questions? Call 410-332-6578. Special Olympics Orioles fans who plan to attend games at Camden Yards this year have the opportunity to help Special Olympics athletes at the same time. Special Olympics has obtained vouchers for $15 tickets to all Oriole games except the prime games. Five dollars from each ticket purchased will go to Special Olympics.
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September 29, 2012
People looking for Westminster Police Chief Jeff Spaulding on Sunday, Sept. 30, might try Dunkin' Donuts. That's not a gag. Spaulding and two Maryland State Police officers —Capt. Jim DeWees and Lt. Rob Stryjewski — were scheduled to spend Saturday and Sunday on the roof of the doughnut shop in the 140 Village Shopping Center as part of a drive to collect donations for Special Olympics of Maryland. The effort is part of the national "Cops on Rooftops" fundraiser. The Westminster-area officers had a goal of $7,500 — and vowed that they would not come down until it had been collected.
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By Ryan Bacic, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
For the first two months of her Western High gym class, special education teacher LaDonna Schemm didn't notice. Then a freshman, the ever-bubbly Joy Keene-El would get out of her wheelchair and do everything thrown her way, from tennis to baseball to swimming. One day, when the physical fitness test came around, she did 61 pushups. But eventually an activity came that Keene-El said she couldn't do. And so an incredulous Schemm asked why not. "Look," Keene-El said, hoisting a pant leg. "I don't have any knees.
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April 22, 1991
Several hundred people participated in the Anne Arundel County Special Olympics this weekend.The swimming, track and field events were conducted at the U.S. Naval Academy. Athletes from eight area schools and homes for the disabled competed with help of 100 midshipmen and 175 volunteers.The competition was sponsored by the Annapolis Jaycees and the Naval Academy.The Annapolis Jaycees are still seeking donations forthe games. Donations can be sent to: Jaycees, P.O. Box 248, Annapolis, Md. 21404.
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Staff Reports | June 3, 2014
Law enforcement officers representing the agencies throughout Carroll County will hits the road Wednesday, June 4 beginning at 8 a.m. in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maryland. Officers will escort the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” as it makes its way toward the opening of the 44th annual Summer Games at Towson University, June 6-8. On Wednesday, runners in Carroll will come from six locations across the county. The schedule is as follows (all times are approximate and subject to change)
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Staff Reports | June 3, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police participated Tuesday in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, running from Glen Burnie to Annapolis, a distance of about 15 miles. The run helps raise money and awareness for the athletes taking part in the Summer Games being held in Towson June 6-8. County police officers started at Glen Burnie Town Center along Ritchie Highway, and ran through Arnold, Severna Park, Pasadena and Glen Burnie, ending at the Naval Academy Bridge. Police officials said more than 140 people participated, including about 115 runners, five athletes and 20 support people and volunteers.  The Annapolis leg of the Torch Run is Wednesday, June 4, beginning at 2 p.m.  Special Olympics athletes and officers from the Annapolis Police Department will receive the torch from Maryland Transportation Authority Police at the City Dock and run with the torch up Main Street, around Church Circle to West Street.
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By Barbara Pash | May 7, 2014
On Tuesday, the sky a clear blue, the temperature in the 70s with just the right bit of breeze, the beautiful day served as the backdrop for a heartwarming event at St. Paul's School for Girls in Lutherville. For the ninth year in a row, the private school hosted League of Dreams Day during which St. Paul's girls play a baseball game with students from Ridge Ruxton School, a Baltimore County public school in Towson for special needs young people, ages 3 to 21. "Our school is committed to being a partner with the Baltimore disabled community," said LuAnn Blackman, St. Paul's 11th-grade dean, a math teacher and moderator of the St. Paul's Club for Students for Disability Awareness, which organized the event.
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March 18, 2014
Email sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. Monday. Scholarships Special Olympics Howard County will award three scholarships to outstanding student volunteers who have been committed to the program as volunteers and advocates of the athletes. High school seniors and college students are eligible to apply. The Jackie Burk Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Volunteer for Special Olympics Howard County ($1,500) was created in 2004 by Jack and Linda Burk in memory of their daughter, Jackie, a special friend and volunteer to Special Olympics Howard County.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
The first time seemed alarming for Emma Conger, who emerged from the 30-ish-degree water of the Chesapeake Bay with her face flushed, eyes wide, mouth agape, hair soaked, as if she'd been ambushed with a barrel of ice. "Oh my gosh, yeah, I couldn't believe how cold it was, it was freezing," said Conger, 15, of Clarksville, sloshing out of the water at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis with several hundred other hardy souls who took the noon dip...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Hundreds of hearty souls waded into icy Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland on Saturday for the annual Deep Creek Dunk to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. The Maryland Natural Resources Police had to cut away a thick layer of ice from the lake to make room for the 850 dunkers, who waded into the water from a spot near the Honi Honi bar. "It looks like Alaska with the backdrop of the chunks of ice," said Jason Schriml, vice president of communications for Special Olympics Maryland.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed the national head of the Special Olympics as chairman of a new committee that will determine how well law enforcement officers are trained to handle encounters with people with disabilities.  Timothy Shriver, CEO and chairman of the board at the Special Olympics, will lead the committee O'Malley announced Tuesday. It comes nearly two weeks after the family of Robert "Ethan" Saylor asked O'Malley to further investigate Saylor's Jan. 12 death while in custody of Frederick County deputy sheriffs.
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By Pat van den Beemt | February 20, 2014
A week before the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park was canceled because of high winds and freezing temperatures, a hardy group of North County folks took their own dip into frigid water. On Jan. 18, some 15 members of Ravens Roost 99 plunged into a pool outside of A-Town Bar and Grille on Brick Store Road in Hampstead, where they meet each month. And like those who were scheduled to jump into the Chesapeake Bay, the Ravens Roost 99 men and women raised money for Special Olympics Maryland.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The Polar Bear Plunge, which was canceled this past weekend because of safety concerns amid extreme conditions, has been rescheduled for March 8, organizers announced Tuesday. Winds as high as 35 mph and 3- to 4-foot waves that left snow and ice on the beach at Sandy Point State Park - where thousands romp into the freezing cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay each year - caused the event to be put on hold Saturday. "Keeping people safe is our first concern," said Jason Schriml, spokesman for Special Olympics Maryland, for which this year's event has already raised $1.6 million.
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