ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The U.S. Naval Academy will host the annual Maryland Special Olympics competition on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in MacDonough Hall’s Scott Natatorium on Saturday and on Ingram Track on Sunday.
The event is a collaboration between the Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group, the Maryland Special Olympics, and the Annapolis Jaycees.
This weekend is devoted to Special Olympians’ swimming and track and field events. Those who earn qualifying times will go on to the next level of competition at other venues. Between 200-300 midshipmen will volunteer at this year’s Special Olympics event, making it the largest MAG outreach project conducted in a single weekend by the Naval Academy.
“This two-day event is a prime example of the community coming together in support of what is now a time-honored tradition. This year’s USNA-hosted Special Olympics promises to be an outstanding athletic event engaging Special Olympians, their families, their midshipmen hosts and Naval Academy leadership,” said Naval Academy Community Relations Director Miriam Stanicic.
Midshipmen volunteers will facilitate the event by preparing the competition facilities, escorting and cheering on each athlete and handing out competition ribbons.
MAG was established in 1992 as a community relations program organized and maintained by the Brigade of Midshipmen and offers a variety of educational, environmental and social service volunteer projects. These projects are coordinated with community partners from the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas, as well as national partners. MAG prepares midshipmen for future service by developing community leaders through the stewardship of our neighborhoods, peer leadership, teamwork, project management and engagement with diverse populations throughout the area.