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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published October 31, 2013

BGE Teams Up with Special Olympics Maryland at the State Unified SportsĀ® Tennis Invitational in Support of Disability Awareness Month



BGE Teams Up with Special Olympics Maryland at the State Unified Sports® Tennis Invitational in

Support of Disability Awareness Month

Employee volunteer efforts support BGE’s philanthropic commitment of more than $125,000 to organizations

throughout central Maryland in support of persons with disabilities

BALTIMORE (Oct. 31, 2013) – In recognition and support of Disability Awareness Month, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) employee volunteers spent the day assisting Special Olympics Maryland athletes at the State Unified Sports Tennis Invitational. More than 250 student-athletes from teams from across Maryland competed in the doubles tennis tournament, which was held at Annapolis Senior High School.

BGE’s volunteer program engages employees from all parts of the company, and recognizes the importance of their efforts in building relationships with our customers and communities to make a positive and lasting impact. Employee volunteer efforts strongly support BGE’s philanthropic commitment of more than $125,000 to organizations, such as Special Olympics Maryland, Kennedy Krieger Institute, League for People with Disabilities and ARC of Carroll County, throughout central Maryland in support of persons with disabilities.

“Through both charitable giving and employee volunteer opportunities, BGE and our employees are proud to support the communities in which we live and work,” said Michael Davenport, manager of community affairs for BGE. “Through BGE’s employee volunteer network, ‘Energy for the Community,’ BGE employees lend their time and passion to corporate citizenship activities. Last year alone, BGE employees, friends and family spent more than 18,000 hours volunteering with more than 160 different community organizations. We are proud to be a part of the Special Olympics Maryland State United Tennis Invitational and we congratulate all of the tremendous athletes who competed today.”

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. These must be adapted only as necessary to meet the needs of those with mental and physical limitations.

“We are proud of our Interscholastic Unified Sports Programs and the recent opportunities we have been able to provide students with meaningful sports experiences that would have otherwise not happened.  We are grateful to our communities partners like BGE because without their support we would not be able to provide the resources necessary to host events that help build better communities,”  said Nate Garland, chief program officer for Special Olympics Maryland.

As part of its commitment to building strong communities in central Maryland, BGE supports organizations such as Special Olympics Maryland.  Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, economic development, environment and arts and culture. 

BGE’s corporate citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. As part of Exelon’s merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million per year in Maryland, including BGE’s service area, for the next 10 years.

To view photos from the event, visit BGE’s Flickr site at www.flickr.com/mybge.