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Don’t Miss This Year’s Inspiration Walk

Our 16th annual Inspiration Walk will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. The Walk is our primary fundraiser and critical to raising funds needed to provide sports training and competitions for over 700 athletes in our 20 sports programs.

Honorary chairmen County Executive Allan Kittleman and State Senator Guy Guzzone will kick off the walk. They will be joined by special guests Baltimore Raven Michael Campanero and Paralympic swimmer Cortney Jordan. Campanero has been a wide receiver with the Ravens since 2014. He is a graduate of River Hill High School in Howard County. Jordan won three silver medals and one bronze at the Paralympic Games in Rio last year. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Bollman Bridge Elementary School.

Presenting sponsors for the walk are CarMax Laurel Toyota, Corridor Mortgage, the and Lisa Higgins Hussman Foundation. Proceeds from the walk will provide funding for local sports training and athletic competition in 20 sports for over 700 Howard County children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Registration and pre-walk activities begin at 8 a.m. The walk will begin at 9:15.. Events will take place at the entertainment pavilion near the lake.

Walkers with a minimum of $50 in pledges will get a high-quality tee-shirt and be entered in a random prize drawing for gifts donated by area businesses. All walkers must complete a waiver form to participate.

Incentive prizes for those raising $500, $1,000 and $2,000 can be found at >www.somdhc.org.</a> Top fundraisers as of May 15 will be eligible for a number of prizes including dinner for two at the Roof Terrace Restaurant, or an overnight stay at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel with breakfast for two; Orioles game packages and a gift certificate for Bob’s Discount Furniture.

Water, fruit and snacks will be provided courtesy of hospitality sponsors Wegmans, Canada Dry Potomac, Rethink Water, Body Armor and Jersey Mikes. Participants can choose between a 2.4 mile walk around Centennial Lake and a half-mile family fun walk. They will enjoy viewing photo posters of the athletes and sponsor signs that will be placed around the venue.

This year’s walk will feature LaBlast Fitness, the Orioles and Poe birds, the Hogettes, Anna, Elsa and Olaf characters from the Drama Learning Center, car displays by Win Kelly Chevrolet Buick GMC, Gymguys, a hula hoop contest, and lots of other activities.

The Inspiration Walk provides almost two-thirds of Special Olympics Howard County’s operating budget, and because SOHO is a volunteer-driven organization, all the funds raised directly benefit the athletes.

Walkers can create their own fundraising page by going to https://www.firstgiving.com/somdhc/special-olympics-howard-county-IW-2017 or donating directly  at https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/specialolympics-howardcounty/special-olympics-howard-county-IW-2017 .   Checks payable to Special Olympics Howard County can also be brought to the walk or sent to the office at 8970 Route 108, Suite A-1, Columbia, MD 21045.

All walkers must complete a Waiver which can be found at http://somdhc.org/wp-content/uploads//2017/04/2017-Event-Waiver-for-SOMD_HOCO-IW.docx

 

 

 

Upcoming Competitions

SOHO will be hosting the following competitions:

Sunday, April 23rd - Swim Competition@Howard Community College from 8:00-1:00.

Saturday, May 6th - Track and Field @ Wilde Lake High School from 8:00 - 2:00.

Sunday, May 21st - 20th annual Softball Invitational @ Kiwanis Wallas Park from 9:00- 4:00.

If you are interested in volunteering at either of these events, contact Janet Larrimore at janetlarrimore@somdhc.org.

SOHO Snowshoe Athlete Featured on SOMD Website

Toby Doremus is featured on the Special Olympics Maryland website! Toby’s Mom, Marianne, shared Toby’s snowshoe experience and SOMD has posted it on their website. See http://www.somd.org/uncategorized/toby-took-snowshoe/ for the story. Congratulations Toby!

SOHO Merchandise for Sale

Looking for a birthday or Valentine gift or just want to show your SOHO pride? We have some merchandise in the office for sale.These items will also be available at the Inspiration Walk.

Special Olympics Charm Bracelet = $15.00

Pen = $2.00

SOHO Navy T-shirt (short sleeved) = $10.00

SOHO Navy T-shirt (long sleeved) = $12.00

Ceramic Coffee Mug = $8.00

Travel Mug = $8.00

Ice Scraper = $2.00

Toiletry Bag = $5.00

Golf umbrella = $50.00

Items can be purchased in the office. In addition, SOMD "Be Brave" Bravelets and other items (necklaces, watches, pillows, scarves) are available at the Bravelets web site..