The St. Mary’s County Commission for Women (CFW) has selected Mary Lu Bucci, former Director of the St. Mary’s County Special Olympics, to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 Women’s History Banquet. The Special Olympics is a nonpartisan organization that supports policies, legislation and practices that guarantee the rights, full participation, and integration of people with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics program offers year-round sports programs for children and adults, empowering athletes to be valued members of their community and respected members of society. Bucci first became involved with the Special Olympics because her son wanted to participate as an athlete. After seeing the joy and network of friends provided by the group, she became a committed volunteer. In 1990, Bucci became the county director of the Special Olympics. She oversaw all aspects of the Special Olympics for 25 years, including administration, fundraising, and coordinating over 300 athletes participating in 14 different sports, and more than 600 volunteers. Bucci has been integral to the increased participation of St. Mary’s County’s Special Olympics athletes in local games, state games and world games. Teams have traveled and competed in Maryland, Connecticut, Iowa, North Carolina, Washington, Nebraska, California, New Jersey, China, […]
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