Partnership Spotlight – Aerotek

The holiday season provides a great opportunity for time to reflect, so as we look back on our success in 2022 we want to thank our exceptional corporate partners for the tremendous impact that they have on the lives of our Special Olympics Maryland athletes, family members, and volunteers. As you know our athletes participate free of charge so support from partners like Aerotek, BGE, Constellation, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Bingo World, Carnival, Geico, Hearst – WBAL TV 11, 98Rock, WBAL 1090AM/101.5,  Iron Rooster, Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy’s Seafood, LifeBridge Health,  M&T Bank, NBC4/Telemundo44, Rams Head, RRR Automotive Group, SC&H, SECU, St. John Properties, Accelerate Maryland Partners, Sunrise Safety, Wawa and the 45 Baltimore Area Chick-Fil-A Restaurants is critical to delivering our mission to children and adults with intellectual disabilities across the state of Maryland. 

In this edition of IMPACT, our partnership spotlight focuses on Aerotek as a Founding Partner of the Plunge and a longtime year-round Partner. Aerotek is all in on supporting our 4,340 athletes and 3,572 Unified Teammates so that they can train and compete year-round in 27 sports. Leading by example Aerotek creates their Plunge team and recruits other Allegis operating companies Actalent and Aston Carter to form teams for what inevitably turns into a friendly fundraising competition that raises additional funds beyond their sponsorship commitment. They also take responsibility for recruiting all the volunteers who oversee Plunge registration on Saturday…so when you come out to the Plunge on February 4th, please say thank you to Team Aerotek for their volunteer services. 

In addition to Plunging into the freezing water of the Chesapeake Bay, Aerotek’s partnership leverages their investment and extends their volunteer commitment to deliver a high-quality softball tournament at our annual Summer Games in June. Connecting the Plunge efforts directly to our mission, “Aerotek Park” provides a backdrop for high-quality softball and meaningful experiences for our teams while creating special memories for the athletes, families, coaches, umpires, Aerotek volunteers, and spectators. On the Thursday leading into this year’s Summer Games, members of Team Aerotek also enjoyed celebrating the accomplishments of our athletes at our Torch Gala.

Beyond the Plunge and Summer Games, we take great pride in recognizing Aerotek in everything that we do. From logo placement on the back of all of our volunteer t-shirts and Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirts to branded signs and banners placed at all our sports venues, Aerotek is ever present and vital to advancing the mission of Special Olympics Maryland. With support and engagement from executive leaders including President Tom Kelly and CFO Stacey Jenkins, this transformational partnership reflects Aerotek’s culture and commitment to the community. Over the years Aerotek has ensured continuity in managing the relationship with strong leaders like Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, David Jordan who currently works with us to ensure that we define and meet our annual mutually beneficial objectives. We are grateful for exceptional volunteers like Dave Benton who helped execute past plunge and softball tournament efforts and Tyler Audet with whom we’re currently working to execute another successful year in 2023. I share these names because this is very personal to Aerotek. They take great pride in everything they do, and we are grateful for the incredible support that permeates every level of the organization. 

Special Olympics Maryland seeks to forge mutually beneficial partnerships by understanding the business objectives and priorities of prospective partners, specifically in the areas of corporate social responsibility, team building, brand building, and business development. Special Olympics Maryland has a range of year-round opportunities for partner engagement, including special events like the Plunge, volunteerism, and interactive inclusive Unified Sports® experiences. We aim to identify opportunities that serve as a catalyst for creating sustainable long-term, transformational partnerships.

Want to learn how to be a partner like Aerotek?  Contact Jessie Hayes for more information, Jhayes@somd.org, (646) 573-6964.