Cumberland Times-News

February 20, 2014

14 local athletes to compete in Special Olympics

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Nine residents from Allegany County and five from Garrett County will compete along with more than 250 athletes in the 2014 Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games on Monday and Tuesday at Ski Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa.

Allegany County athletes include skiers Marci Horner, 29; Jake Reynolds, 21; and Stephanie Pyles, 29. Sonya Carter, 46; Kelly Erikson, 24; Chelsea Sullivan, 24; Krystal Knapp, 30; Adam Lazarus, 33; and Jennie Myers, 28, will all compete in snowshoeing.

Garrett County athletes include skiers Dante Broadwater, 12; Robert Broadwater, 29; Chad Stallman, 31; and Steve Wayne Lichty, 52.  Jeffrie Michaels, 48, will compete in snowshoeing. 

In addition to the athletes, more than 75 coaches and unified partners will participate.Unified partners bring together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to train together and compete on the same team. This year’s games include five Unified Sports events.

“The 2014 SOMD Winter Games are sure to be filled with talented athletes and exciting competition,” said Jim Schmutz, Special Olympics Maryland president and CEO. “Each of the 250 athletes has spent countless hours training and preparing for the games, and we are ready to cheer them on. We are also thankful to our 150 volunteers, 75 coaches and countless partners who make this event possible. With their support, SOMD is able to provide athletes across the state the opportunity to participate in athletic competitions.”

SOMD is a year-round sports organization dedicated to providing quality sports training and competition opportunities to Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related development disabilities. SOMD provides thousands of sports experiences annually for athletes statewide and offers 24 sports, all at no cost to the athletes or their families.

Opening ceremonies will begin Monday at 11 a.m. and will be followed by competition at 2 p.m. Monday’s events will close out with an athlete social at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, competition will resume at 9 a.m., followed by awards at 11 a.m.

For more information or for volunteer opportunities, visit www.SOMD.org.