Schaible named Ath­lete of The Month in Mary­land

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

Jake Schaible has been com­pet­ing in the Spe­cial Olympics for 25 years.

He re­ceived a state-wide recog­ni­tion re­cently when he was names Spe­cial Olympics Mary­land Ath­lete of The Month for March.

“It made me feel re­ally, re­ally good about my­self,” Schaible said of the honor.

Schaible be­lieves his com­mu­nity ser­vice was a rea­son for his se­lec­tion. He is in­volved with the Leukemia As­so­ci­a­tion and Toys for Tots.

Schaible com­petes in basketball, golf and soft­ball. He en­joys golf the most and calls it his best sport. Last year, his team took fourth place at the golf na­tion­als in Hil­ton Head, S.C.

Schaible had com­peted in a na­tional tour­na­ment be­fore. In 2009, his team took sil­ver at the soft­ball na­tion­als in Lin­coln, Neb.

His ven­tures have al­lowed him to meet some unique peo­ple. One of Schaible’s fa­vorite mem­o­ries is meet­ing the late Eu­nice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Spe­cial Olympics, at the sum­mer games in Tow­son.

Schaible has also had a pic­ture taken with Cal Rip­ken Jr., an un­for­get­table moment for any Ori­oles fan.

In Jan­uary, he met Bal­ti­more Ravens’ tight end Nick Boyle at the Pine Grove Inn chili cook-off, an event that sup­ported the Ce­cil County Spe­cial Olympics. Schaible men­tioned Pine Grove as an or­ga­ni­za­tion he wanted to thank for its in­volve­ment with Spe­cial Olympics.

He also wanted to thank his par­ents and the rest of his fam­ily, his friends and his coaches for their sup­port in win­ning Ath­lete of The Month for the state. Schaible also thanked his em­ployer, Elk­ton High School, where we works as a cus­to­dian.

“I’d also like to thank the stu­dents of Elk­ton High school for sup­port­ing me and all the staff,” he said.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY ADELMA GRE­GORY-BUN­NELL

Jake Schaible, right, seen here at the chili cook-off at Pine Grove Inn in 2015, has been named Ath­lete of the Month in Mary­land.

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