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Lions offer swim party for Special Olympics athletes

The Lineboro-Manchester Lions are hosting a swim party for Special Olympics athletes and their families Aug. 4 at the club's community swimming pool, 3347 Victory St., Manchester.
The swim parties started five years ago with the help of Steve Swam, who volunteers as a Special Olympics winter coach. "I also volunteered with the Lions club and I thought it would be nice to have an after-games party for the athletes," Swam said.
Swam started coaching for Special Olympics 19 years ago. He led a Sea Scouts unit, a Venturing branch of the Boy Scouts for boys and girls ages 14 to 20, and was told about an opportunity to volunteer with the games. The whole unit was enthusiastic about helping. "Then they needed an extra coach one year and I said OK ... one thing led to another and here I am," Swam said.
The parties have grown, starting with about 10 athletes and their families when it began; currently, 25 to 30 families signed up to attend this year. "It was word of mouth at first, then sending emails and then in the Carroll County Chapter of Special Olympics newsletter," Swam said.
The party begins at 5 p.m. and is free for all Special Olympics athletes. Family members and caregivers pay $5 for swimming and dinner, which includes hot dogs, cheese pizza, snacks, lemonade, iced tea and water.
DJ Thumper, Glenn Krout, will be there to rock the party, which will last until 9 p.m.
All party-goers can enjoy the large family pool with a diving area, six-lane lap pool, children's pool and snack bar.
The pool has a lift that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In addition, there are restrooms, changing facilities, showers and off-road parking.
The rain date for the pool party is Aug. 11.
For more information or to sign up for the party, contact Steve Swam at 410-239-8987 or sdswam@comcast.net or Debbie Gemmill at 717-632-4230 or dgemmill@ccg.carr.org.

Maverick Stampede
Manchester Valley High School will have its fifth annual Maverick Stampede on Aug. 28 at the school, 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester.
A Community Marketplace will be set up outside of the cafeteria in the courtyard with a variety of booths with displays and goods from local vendors and organizations. There will also be lots of pre-race festivities, all beginning at 5 p.m.
Buses will be available to transport race-goers to the starting line at the Manchester Activities Building on York Street.
The Stampede will begin at 6:30 p.m. It is a one-mile walk or run course that winds through Manchester to the Beaver Street entrance of the school's stadium area.
There will be awards for top finishers overall and in the following categories: Under 8, 9-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-18, 19-29 and 30-plus.
This event is the kick-off for the MVHS 2013-2014 school year as well as the fall sports season. It is also one of the main fundraisers of the MVHS Athletic Boosters. These funds are used by the Athletic Department for items not covered by the school budget, such as replacement uniforms, athletic equipment and training opportunities for coaches.
The cost for the one-mile walk/run is $8 before Aug. 5 and a T-shirt is guaranteed. Sign-up is also available the day of the event. The cost is $10.
Contact Maria Cappadora at 443-375-1181 or email mvhsathleticboosters@comcast.net for information or a registration form.

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