SO Glow Raises More Than $10,000 for Special Olympics

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Mercersburg campus glowed Friday night, October 23, as the school’s Community Engagement team partnered with Special Olympics Maryland to host SO Glow Mercersburg, a two-mile, on-campus team race. In total, 253 students, representing 15 different performance group activities (PGAs), donned more than 1,000 pieces of glow swag to raise more than $10,500 in support of the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland.     

Top fundraising honors go to the dance PGA with $2,466 in donations collected from 45 different donors. An honorable mention in fundraising goes to the football team with $2,055 in donations from 38 different donors.    

In the category of team spirit, football again takes top honors for the team’s energy at the starting line, a noteworthy presence all along the course, and a fully choreographed crossing of the finish line. Honorable mentions include the field hockey team for showing community spirit by staying after their finish to cheer on all remaining competitors, and the dance PGA for being enthusiastically engaged from the start and dedicated to promoting their cause.

One of the most memorable moments of the night came when the swim teams joined forces to create a human tunnel to cross the finish line.            

Mercersburg's Community Engagement team at SO Glow

Funds raised through the 2020 SO Glow Run/Walk at Mercersburg will help fund year-round sports and leadership programs for the more than 8,700 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. Mercersburg has collaborated with Special Olympics Maryland for more than five years, officially signing a memorandum of understanding in 2018, and has dedicated countless hours of support and many resources to SOMD athletes. All of the programs offered by Special Olympics are free to athletes and families thanks to generous community supporters who believe in the mission of Special Olympics.                    

Mercersburg’s Community Engagement team wishes to thank everyone for the amazing community support. “We couldn't be prouder!” they say.

Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy in 1968 to give people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop physical fitness, build confidence through teamwork, and celebrate sports year-round. About 200 million people around the world have intellectual disabilities, and the goal of Special Olympics is to help as many of these people and their families as they can by offering a range of training, competitions, and health screenings, and by hosting fundraising events such as SO Glow Mercersburg.