Kaori Graham-Myrie ’24 and Maddy Gillner ’22
This year, the Community Engagement team is again partnering with Special Olympics Maryland to put on another SoGlow.
SoGlow run is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland. The event consists of teams running a course around campus in the dark while wearing lights and glowsticks, hence the SoGlow, or Special Olympics Glow.
This year’s course will be 1.6 miles, a little shorter than last year’s course.
“Every PGA is welcome to participate as a team in the SoGlow run!” says Corbin Kelly ’24.
Last year, the event was a great success, raising over $10,000 for Special Olympics Maryland. Dance raised the most money per team member.
Kelly was a member of Rivers and Trails last year, and he remembers the team’s spirit more than anything else. “I had a great time last year!” he said, “We all dressed in wet skirts and kayaking helmets, and even though we didn’t run the whole time, it was so great to just be with my PGA on a Friday night.”
“We want to improve on last year and raise $12,000 for Special Olympics this year,” said Taimur Rehman ’25.
Special Olympics Maryland allows adults and children with intellectual disabilities to participate in athletic competitions. Currently, Special Olympics Maryland supports 16,723 participants, including 8,716 athletes. They offer 27 sports in order to “create a world where opportunity is not limited by disability,” according to the Special Olympics Maryland website.
Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, Special Olympics started out as a summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities, but has now grown into an international competition.
Special Olympics will continue to host athletes free of charge because of donations and purchases of SoGlow t-shirts.
And the PGA group that raises the most money will win a prize!
The event will take place at the Chapel on Friday, November 5 at 7:30 pm. Get ready to raise money with your PGA group and show your school spirit at the SoGlow!