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When a Small Team Becomes a BIG DEAL

Perfect JOYTWO weeks ago, the Montgomery County Special Olympics Cheer leading Team SOMO JOY had just a little over 200 likes, even though this is a THREE time Gold Medal winning team.

Word is spreading fast that the girls from JOY and their coaches are about to write Special Olympics history, as they were invited to cheer at the World Games in Los Angeles, this July, which is an absolute first in Special Olympics history. Since cheerleading is not (yet) considered an official sport within the Special Olympics, Team JOY, their parents and their coaches have to finance this trip without any form of sponsorship from the Special Olympics organization. So JOY has set up a fundraising page in order to receive donations for this trip and they have launched an “all-hands-on-deck” media campaign in an attempt to gather the funds to fly to L.A., pay for hotel rooms, transportation and meals. On Saturday, during their weekly practice, JOY hosted a reporter and photographer from The Gazette newspaper and even before the article was published momentum had shifted in their favor on Facebook, when they went to over 1,300 likes overnight.

On Thursday JOY hosted the nine time Emmy Award winner and Edward R. Murrow Award recipient, Fox 5 DC reporter Holly Morris and her crew filming a feature to be aired on Fox television around April 2nd. Mean while, Montgomery Community Media volunteer Field Producer Nancy Frohman is filming a documentary about JOY’s journey to the World Games and although this is still in the production stage, Nancy has had interest from various people and organizations affiliated with Special Olympics.

I think we will be hearing a lot more from the amazing athletes of Team JOY, as it is a story that can capture many a heart. A story of courage, sacrifice, dedication, love, and most of all, a story of JOY.

For more information on Team JOY going to the World Games visit HTTP://

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About Robert Snip

Robert Snip is originally from the Netherlands, and is now living and working in Montgomery County. He became interested in MCM at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in August 2011, after which he signed up for certification as a Field Camera Technician and Field Producer. Since then he has worked on more than a dozen productions as a camera technician, crew manager, floor director, video director and Final Cut Pro editor, for which he received MCM certification in May 2012. His first production, the Messiah Sing Along was awarded an Honorable mention at the 2012 Monty Awards, after which he produced the National Christian Choir at First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg. In 2014 he has been working as the Executive Producer for the award winning TV series Lip Gloss & a Sander. Currently Robert is working as Producer and Director for On the Edge of Time, a documentary series on a woman and her journey with cancer, and for Kids With Learning Power, a children's show to be launched Fall of 2015. Robert is the author of the MyMcMedia blog The World of Volunteering at MCM.


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