Special Olympics

Weekly Updates for the week of 12/15/2014

Winter Sports Registration is CLOSED. We have reached capacity for all Winter Sports. Spring Sports Calendar will be sent out in December.

Special Olympics Forsyth County is having its annual apparel sale.

  • This year we are offering hooded sweatshirts for $25/each, and long sleeve t-shirts for $15/each. These items make great gifts for the holiday season.Proceeds from these items will be used to purchase equipment and uniforms for 16 different sports.

You may also support Special Olympics Forsyth County during your end-of-the-year giving. All donations are completely tax deductible. Special Olympics Forsyth County will provide you with a letter including tax identification number for your records. Sponsorship form [pdf].

Sports Training and Competitions Updates

* Frenzy Cheerleading: Saturday, December 20 – Miller Park Rec Center – 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

* 3-on-3/Individual Skills Basketball; Saturday, December 20 – Miller Park Rec Center – 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

* 5-on-5 Basketball; Saturday, December 20 – Miller Park Rec Center – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities – Ways to Get Involved

* Polar Plunge for Special Olympics; Teams now forming. This is a great way to support Special Olympics. Form a team raise $50/team member (this is very easy online); dress up in a superhero costume; and jump into an outdoor pool in the middle of winter. This is a great event. If you are interested in forming a team or joining a team please contact Lisa Kiser at lisak@cityofws.org or (336) 727-2425. Click here for additional information.

Other Community Opportunities

Winston Salem Youth Special Hockey is taking registration. For more information see attached flier or contact Jacob Dahlin – jacobdahlin@msn.com; (336) 813-2508 or John Cortez – johncortezjr@yahoo.com

* Polar Plunge for Special Olympics – Freezin’ for a Reason – January 24, 1:00 p.m., The Fitness Center in Kernersville. If you are interested in jumping into an outdoor swimming pool in January to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics, please contact Lisa Kiser at lisak@cityofws.org or (336) 727-2425. See link above for details.

* Zumbathon® for Special Olympics – Friday, March 13 – 6 – 10 p.m. – Miller Park Recreation. Save the date. More information soon.

* Cops vs. Docs Hockey Game for Special Olympics – Saturday, March 14, – 7:00 p.m. game time. Tickets $5.00.

Superhero Spectacular Weekend - Special Olympics Forsyth County and The Gateway YWCA are teaming up to offer a weekend of fun activities. Friday, April 10 – Zumbathon® and Picklethon; Saturday, April 11, – 1 mile fun run/walk, 5k, 10k races; Sunday, April 12, – Sprint Triathlon. We are raising money for all athletes to have a 1-year membership to The Gateway YWCA.

To see all of the great pictures from the week, Friend us on Facebook: facebook.com/specialolympics.forsythcounty.

Take A Survey and Help Shape the Future of Special Olympics

Special Olympics invites athletes, coaches, volunteers, staff, family members and supporters to take a survey to measure how the Special Olympics mission is being fulfilled worldwide. Take part in the survey to give your opinion about what Special Olympics is doing right and what must be improved. The survey asks questions about current work and gives everyone a chance to suggest changes and new approaches. You can take the survey without using your name. It’s available as an online survey and as a downloadable PDF. The PDF can be emailed in, or you can print it to fax or mail it. Learn more at the link below.

Related Website: Learn more about the mission effectiveness survey

Special Olympics Forsyth County (SOFC) provides athletic competition and training for more than 1,400 youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. Eligible athletes must be at least 8 years old and must have an Athlete Participation Form and Parent Release form on file with SOFC. Our goal is to increase and maintain their physical fitness, and social involvement.

Athletes can compete in a variety of sports including alpine skiing, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, equestrian, floor hockey, golf, rollerskating, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Special Olympics Forsyth County is a subprogram of Special Olympics North Carolina and is authorized and accredited by Special Olympics North Carolina, Inc.

Spring Games are held each year, in April, at Wake Forest University, with invitational tournaments in the other sports held throughout the year. Eligible athletes go on to compete at the state level in many sports. The largest event is the Special Olympics North Carolina Fall Games. It takes nearly 1,000 volunteers to make the games run smoothly.

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