Our Virtual MOVEment is not just social clubs and dance parties – even though those are the fan favorites. SOMD's Virtual MOVEment is your healthy habits resource library! We have everything from exercise routines to games that you can play with your quarantine crew. There is so much content that it can definitely be a little overwhelming, so we hooked you up with a great resource library filter. Search by activity, topic, or sport to find the resource that is right for you!

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Handwashing Routine

👏🏻WASH 👏🏻YOUR 👏🏻HANDS 👏🏻It's always important to wash your hands, but never more important than now. Stay healthy with this handwashing routine! #WellnessWednesday

Dance Challenge: Blinding Lights TikTok

OK, boomers - it's time. Here's your reason to download TikTok. Put on your dancing shoes and let Special Olympics Maryland Athlete Leader, Carmen Houston-Ludlam show you the way. Learn...

WWE School of Strength: Endurance

Ignite your endurance with this WWE School of Strength Challenge! These exercises help strengthen your heart and lungs. This helps you to practice or exercise longer and with fewer breaks....

YAPpy Hour: Lesson 1

Our very first YAPpy Hour is tomorrow morning! You and your young athlete will need a balance beam, poly spot, scarf, and arrow for this week's lesson. Don't worry...

Fit5: Endurance Level 1

Challenge #2: Body movin', body movin', A1 sound, and the sound's so soothing. Get your blood pumpin' with this FIt5 Endurance Level video. Do each exercise for 30 seconds. Rest...

SOMD Concert: David Godoy & Conor O’Shaughnessy

Special Olympics Maryland Athlete Leaders, David Godoy (Saxophone) and Conor O’Shaughnessy (Guitar) aren't letting COVID-19 get in the way of putting on a show! #VirtualMOVEment

Athlete Leader: Peris Bennet Stretching Routine

Check out Athlete Leader, Peris Bennett's stretching routine! What's your go-to stretch? Remember to film your workout routines and share them in our #VirtualMOVEment group!

Virtual MOVEment: Why I Joined

Special Olympics Maryland is a family, and family is what is need most these days. Why did you join the #VirtualMOVEment? Let us know on our Facebook group:

Sports Challenge: Opening Day

As Wild Bill Hagy would say, "O-R-I-O-L-E-S!" Opening Day at #OPACY is postponed, but you can still celebrate your hometown birds today. Post a video of you trying our Opening...

Athlete Leader: Annu Singleton Warm-Up

Check out Special Olympics Maryland Athlete Leader, Annu Singleton getting warmed up to power walk and jog by going through his stretches. Be like Annu and send us your videos...

Fit 5: Flexibility Level 1

Challenge #1 coming at you! Let's get warmed up and stretched out with this Fit5 Flexibility Level 1 video. Perform the following stretches for 30 seconds. Make sure to do...

Welcome to our Virtual MOVEment!

It's the first official day of our #VirtualMOVEment campaign and Special Olympics Maryland Athlete Leader, Adam Hays, and President & CEO, Jim Schmutz are getting us warmed up with some...
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Healthy Athletes – Healthy Hearing

The Healthy Hearing discipline of Healthy Athletes provides comprehensive hearing screenings and follow-up recommendations. The main goals of this program are to inform athletes, parents, coaches or caregivers about the...

Healthy Athletes – Fit Feet General Foot Care (PDF) Athletes Get "Fit" For Games (Video) Other SOMD Healthy Athletes Disciplines

90 Day Fit 5 Challenge Recap

Our athletes participated in the 90 Day Fit 5 Fitness Challenge from September 22nd - December 21st! This challenge was designed to encourage athletes to create a healthier lifestyle by...

Maintaining Mental Health During the Holidays

A National Alliance of Mental Illness study showed that 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse. “For many people, the holiday season is not always...

National Eat a Red Apple Day

National Eat a Red Apple Day encourages everyone to eat a red apple on December 1st! As the saying goes, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” so put...

National Play Outside Day

National Play Outside Day is the first Saturday of every month. Kids, parents, adults, families, and grandparents are encouraged to go outside and do something fun! It’s easy to stay...

World Smile Day

World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October each year. In 1963, Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts, created the smiley face. The smiley face...

World Heart Day

World Heart Day, created by the World Heart Foundation, informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 18.6...

90 Day Fit 5 Fitness Challenge

Did you know that it takes 21 days to make a habit and 90 days to make it a permanent lifestyle change? The 21/90 rule states that once you have...

#WellnessWednesday David Godoy logs over 100 miles for #VTR

Global Health Messenger and Athlete Leader, David Godoy has consistently logged miles all summer for the #VirtualTorchRun and is an incredible example of an athlete prioritizing their health this #WellnessWednesday...

Inclusive Research Project

The Special Olympics Inclusive Research Team is looking for participants for their study. The team is researching the health, wellbeing, and social connectedness of Special Olympics athletes and their families...

Virtual MOVEment

Like most organizations that host large-scale, in-person events, we were forced to get creative last year. On March 7th of 2020, we hosted our last basketball qualifier at Garrison Forest....
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9/14 You Can Do It Zoomcast – Medal Stories

Monday, our athletes shared stories of their favorite Medal Moments from previous competitions during the biweekly You Can Do It Zoomcast! Check out the recording here, and feel as inspired...

Kalkstein Chiropractic: (Ep. 6) Elbow Pain

Hey, tennis players (and all other athletes with elbow problems)! Episode 6 of Kalkstein Chiropractic's "The Top 20 Most. Common Injuries & Complaints with Athletes" is now live. This we...

Challenge: Bob Signor Burpees with Unified Partner Mike Wenig

If you have gone to a Bob Signor basketball practice you have definitely done some burpees. Even though the basketball season is over, Unified Partner, Mike Wenig is staying active...

Challenge: Justin Hunsinger Basketball Workout

Get your head in the game with this basketball workout lead by athlete leader Justin Hunsinger. Don't forget to comment your workouts or share them in our Virtual MOVEment Facebook...

Challenge: McDaniel Women’s Soccer Team Workout

This week's sports challenge comes from the McDaniel Women's Soccer team! Check out this soccer workout including Ceover Mirrors and a Dribbling series. Thank you to McDaniel Women's Soccer Team...

Sports Challenge: Ali McDonough Soccer Training

Ali McDonough, daughter of long time volunteer from Howard County, John McDonough sent us a workout challenge from the Big Apple. Follow along with the video or find the complete...

Social Club: O’s Head Groundskeeper, Nicole Sherry

Nicole Sherry, Director, Field Operations/Head Groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles. Nicole is only one of two female Directors of Field Operations in Major League Baseball. Check out the recording from...

Social Club: Tennis Talk with Gaby Dabrowski & Julian English

Professional tennis player, Gaby Dabrowski, and SOMD Athlete Leader Julian English talked tennis last night! Gaby is a Canadian Doubles Player ranked as high as 7 in the world. She...

Sports Talk: Justin Hunsinger & Mark Turgeon

Tonight would have been the championship final for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and to fill your void we hosted a social club sports talk focused on your favorite March...

Sports Challenge: Opening Day

As Wild Bill Hagy would say, "O-R-I-O-L-E-S!" Opening Day at #OPACY is postponed, but you can still celebrate your hometown birds today. Post a video of you trying our Opening...