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Kent Island Plays Home Court for Special Olympics Basketball

Kent Island High School played home court for a Special Olympics Basketball Qualifier, hosted by Special Olympics – Upper Shore. Over 400 Special Olympic athletes, coaches and volunteers from Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, Kent, Cecil, Calvert, Carroll, Anne Arundel, Montgomery and the Lower Shore counties participated in the day-long event. The qualifier is one of two required for participation in the Special Olympics Maryland State Tournament to be held on March 20 and 21 in Capitol Heights, MD.

In the main gym, two games featuring 5 on 5 competitions were underway most of the time, while volunteers from KIHS acted as scorers and timers. The Individual Skills Competition was held in the auxiliary gym, testing the skills of athletes in target passing, speed dribbling, and spot shooting. Athletes are grouped by ability and awards are given for all places in each division.

As the only preliminary qualifier on the Eastern Shore, Area Director Lauren Roane stated, “It was a fantastic opportunity for local families and friends of Special Olympics to get a close-up personal look at what our athletes are capable of.”

Special Olympics extended a special thank you to Major Pete Landon, Maryland State Police, Sheriff Gary Hofmann and Sgt E. Johnston, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Department, who took time out of their busy schedules to present awards to all of the athletes. Thank you also to sponsors Rustico Restaurant in Stevensville and the Safeway in Chester for providing lunches and making sure all delegations were well hydrated. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training for persons 8 years old and older with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, and skills.

Jail N’ Bail for Special Olympics

The Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff and Doc’s Riverside Grille will host a “Jail N’ Bail” to raise money for Maryland Special Olympics. On Monday, January 11, 2010 from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm Doc’s Riverside Grill will feature this event having our special guests arrested and held for bail. All donations will benefit this year’s Polar Bear Plunge/Maryland Special Olympics. Doc’s Jail N’ Bail involves a mock jail with upstanding citizens arrested by Keystone Cops who go before a Judge and then spend time in jail until their bail has been donated by their friends or lack there of. This fun filled event begins with someone filing out a charge against their boss, spouse, co-worker or friend. Our Keystone Cops will escort these nominated jailbirds to jail. Jailbirds shall be released upon raising their bond amount as determined by the Judge. Jailbirds can also be arrested as a team. Local businesses will have information and nomination forms available. Just ask the store for your packet. For more information or to volunteer: contact Terry Ober or Bo Oristian. Sheriff Gery Hofmann, Kelly Armstrong, Chinnadurai Devad, Lt. Dwayne Embert, Captain James Williams, Bo Oristian, County Commissioners and Terry Ober are among many that will be rounded up by our Keystone Cops. Doc’s Riverside Grille, 511 Chesterfield Avenue, Centreville, Md. 21617.