I had the pleasure of attending the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games this weekend. Towson University was the host of this year’s event and its campus was surrounded with athletes, coaches, families and volunteers from across the state. Opening ceremony launched on Friday, June 8 along with the traditional torch run and a block party to celebrate the start of games. Saturday began the official day of competition (excluding the cheerleading competition that took place Friday) with the kickoff of each sports event. The other summer games were composed of sporting competitions that included aquatics, track and field, bocce, and softball. Since majority of the athletes play more than one sport, the competitions continued well into Sunday.
At a press conference yesterday at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, USSSA State Director Bill Dowell and County Executive Richard M. Pollitt, Jr. announced Wicomico County will host the 2012 USSSA World Series. This will be the sixth consecutive year of the tournament in Wicomico County; however, the volume of games hosted in the region will be far greater (only Kansas City, MO and Orlando, FL will host larger tournaments). The event will run from July 18-29, featuring 320 teams from 17 states and Canada.
The event is expected to bring a significant economic boost to the Wicomico region with $6 million generated in the county and an additional $6 million generated regionally. Continue reading