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SO Glow Lights Up Mercersburg

By Selena Feng '24

"Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
It's that time of the year again. For the past two years, Mercersburg has partnered with Special Olympics Maryland to raise money for Special Olympics. This year, Mercersburg is continuing the tradition with the 2022 SO Glow Run on Friday, November 4.

What is SO Glow?
SO Glow is the fundraiser where each performance group activity (PGA) at Mercersburg competes to donate the most money to Special Olympics between now and the date of the SO Glow Run. The PGA that raises the most money will receive a prize. The run will take place the first Friday in November, and the entire school will run along a course around campus. This year, students will run as PGA groups along the campus loop, starting in front of the Irvine Memorial Chapel and ending at the Simon Student Center for a spectacular glow-in-the-dark dance. 

Last year, Mercersburg raised more than $14,000. This money can support 230 athletes to attend the Summer Olympic Games or provide transportation for 28 teams to attend a competition. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000 (enough to sponsor 250 athletes or 30 teams). If Mercersburg meets this goal, Head of School Quentin McDowell has promised to make a special appearance.

Why Special Olympics? 
Special Olympics was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of John F. Kennedy and Rosemary Kennedy. Rosemary Kennedy had an intellectual disability, and Shriver’s work toward inclusion helped destigmatize intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Maryland is a branch of Special Olympics, a nonprofit organization that provides athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to find their passion for any of the 27 different sports they offer and compete in professional competitions. Special Olympics reaches more than 3 million athletes worldwide, but Special Olypmics Maryland has 8,716 athletes, with the youngest at 3 years old and the oldest at 85. The money Special Olympics receives is spent on free health screenings for all athletes, athletic training, sports equipment, and transportation.

Athletes are encouraged to focus on what they can do, not what they cannot. Sports provide athletes the opportunity to discover a passion, build teamwork, demonstrate courage, and find a community. Special Olympics promotes respect, inclusion, and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities.

How can I support Special Olympics?
To contribute to the SO Glow fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland, visit this page. If you are a parent of a Mercersburg student, you can enter the PGA of your child in the box under "Would you like to credit this donation to a specific fundraiser or team?" to make a donation in your child's honor.  

To learn more about Special Olympics, their impact, and their international outreach, go to this page.

To learn more about Special Olympics Maryland and its regional impact, go to this page.