|Board of Directors Updates|
On Friday, July 13th the Board of Directors will host their annual fundraising golf tournament. Now entering its 7th year, this four person scramble is open to 100 golfers. If you are interested in participating, please visit the website.
Part of our new website includes a blog
. This will be updated regularly with stories, videos and images of all things SOVT. We invite you to share items that we can post. Please email photos, articles and videos to Chris
Summer is officially here in the Green Mountains and while our athletes' schedules slow down a bit, there are still a number of events and competitions being planned. These include our State Golf Competition, Irving Oil and Circle K Fueling Dreams promotion and Board of Directors Golf Tournament.
At our Summer Games competition in June, more than 800 athletes and partners competed in four sports at the University of Vermont and Hunt Middle School. We seem to always battle a bit of poor weather for our major competitions, but that doesn't impact our athletes. Each and every one has a smile so large that a bit of rain or wind could never cast a shadow.
Medical students from Boston University, Tufts Dental School and Harvard also joined us at Summer Games to learn more about our Healthy Athletes program. Nearly 20 students drove from the greater Boston area to work with our volunteer clinicians to help screen athletes and learn about working with people with intellectual disabilities.
Enjoy the warm weather while it's here. See you at our next event.
Lisa, Kim, Donna, Michelle, Wendy and Chris
|Key Bank Vermont City Marathon Recap |The Key Bank Vermont City Marathon is one of the largest events to take place in Burlington and we are thrilled to have a partnership with Run Vermont, the event organizer. This year, eight relay teams ran in the marathon to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Vermont. The teams raised more than $2,300! Thank you to each team.
In addition to the relay teams, Travelers Insurance hosted a chipping competition at the Burlington Waterfront during the race. In the photo below, Travelers presented SOVT CEO, Lisa DeNatale with a check for $2,000. Big thanks to Travelers for making Special Olympics Vermont their charity of choice for this event.
|2012 Summer Games |The Summer Games competition at the University of Vermont was our largest to date. More than 800 athletes and partners competed in four sports. The three-day competition kicked off on Friday, June 1st with a school unified bocce event, including 20 schools from Vermont.
On Friday night, Olympic gold medal snowboarder and Vermont native, Hannah Teter was our guest of honor. She formally announced the 2013 World Winter Games athletes, Leah Boardman, Larry Strobridge and Joshua Beaupre, who will represent SOVT in January, 2013.
Saturday and Sunday were filled with athletic feats in track and field, swimming, softball and bocce. Despite a touch of unruly weather, we heard nothing but good things from volunteers, sponsors and of course, athletes. Many thanks to everyone who made this competition so successful.
Check out the results and photos.
|TD Bank - Be a Fan Campaign
TD Bank has been a continued supporter of Special Olympics. This year In Vermont, they have raised more than $10,000 during their Be a Fan campaign that recently concluded. Below, SOVT athlete and Team USA member for the 2013 World Winter Games, Joshua Beaupre took some time to thank TD Bank employees for their support.
|People's United Bank VTri Sprint Triathlon
The People's United Bank VTri will be held on August 19th, the same day as the USA Triathlon Sprint National Championship in Burlington. The VTri is available only to Vermont residents and will benefit Special Olympics Vermont. This event is not considered a National Championship and will not qualify athletes for Team USA. Registration is open only to Vermont residents through July 20, 2012 (open to the general public on 7/21 unless full). The event is limited to 200 combined individual and team slots. You can register here
|Irving Oil and Circle K Promotion |
Since 1999, Irving OilŪ and Circle KŪ have raised more than $2 million for Special Olympics programs throughout New England through the "Fueling Dreams" promotion. Each year participating Irving and Circle K locations sell $1 car clings to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Vermont. Please visit these locations from July 9th-August 5th to show your support for our athletes and to thank our Irving OilŪ and Circle KŪ partners.
On Saturday, July 28th, visit participating locations between 10am to 2pm for "To Serve and Protect Day". On "To Serve and Protect Day" Special Olympics Vermont athletes and local law enforcement/public safety team up to pump gas, wash windshields and provide full service for gas station customers, at a self service price!
|ONE SOVT Conference - November 3 - 4, 2012 |
Equinox Resort, Manchester, Vermont
A two day gathering for those who care about, support and make possible the programs and activities that are Special Olympics Vermont. Join the Board of Directors, key volunteers, athletes, staff and special guests for helpful tools, interactive discussions, networking and some fun surprises. Contact your program coordinator or Michelle Gates for more information.