DOC Tug of War For Special Olympics Expects Record Turnout of Teams From State Correctional Facilities
Tuesday, June 1 at the Jessup DOC Range Off Toulson and Brock Bridge Roads

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Towson, MD (May 26, 2010)---Since 1993, the Maryland Division of Correction (DOC) has been one of the leading fundraisers for Special Olympics Maryland, raising more than $220,000. The marquis event---and a colorful spectacle--- is the Commissioner’s Cup Tug of War, an actual competitive rope-pull that this year will feature an all-time high of more than 30 teams--- including all-women teams--- from every region of the state. The Tug of War is on Tuesday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jessup DOC firing range, located off Toulson and Brock Bridge Roads in Jessup.

Members of the media who wish to come early will be rewarded with a variety of colorful events: before the actual Tug of War, the annual Torch Run and Walk begins (9 a.m.), as participants carry the Special Olympics torch as they circle the six-facility Jessup DOC compound.

The weighing-in of the Tug of War teams (beginning at 8 a.m.) is an interesting event, since some of the seven-member heavyweight teams will likely exceed 2,200 pounds.

The opening ceremony, at approximately 9 a.m., will also feature Special Olympians being “commissioned” as honorary correctional officers, and members of Special Olympics Maryland will speak about the importance of this event.

For years, Special Olympics Maryland has remarked that DPSCS employees are the number one t-shirt sellers in the entire state, as well as one of the top overall fundraising groups. While Maryland State Police rightfully deserve much credit for their amazing Polar Bear Plunge, DOC and DPSCS staff deserve recognition as well for this colorful event, which is also a major fundraiser.

Below is the schedule for the entire day’s events.

8 a.m.

Weigh-in begins for Tug of War teams

9:00 a.m.

Opening Ceremony, featuring Special Olympians “commissioned” by DOC Commissioner Mike Stouffer as honorary correctional officers


Runners and walkers leave to circle the Jessup DOC grounds with the Special Olympics Torch


Tug of War weigh-in continues to determine light and heavyweight teams


Tug of War begins with lightweight teams competing first


Free picnic, with food provided by DOC and Maryland Correctional Enterprises