Special Olympics Montgomery County,                                        Pennsylvania

 An all-volunteer organization where athletes are first!

 

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Montgomery County

The Long Distance Running and Track Coaches of Special Olympics Montgomery County (SOMC) welcome you to join us Saturday, January 30th for the Eastern Polar Plunge 2016 edition. Join our team as a plunger or "chicken" and help all the programs of SOMC. The funds we raise pay for items such as equipment, transportation or uniforms. With some 1250 athletes, SOMC is proud to give special needs folks the opportunity to grow and share in the confidence building that comes with Special Olympics. Join our team!

I know – you’re probably getting cold just thinking about it!  But the cold that I will feel is temporary…the positive impact this will have on the lives of thousands of citizens with intellectual disabilities will last a lifetime.

We have set a team fundraising goal, and we need your help to reach it! You have some choices to help us get there. Like the water? Join us as a member of the Montgomery Cold Comfort Plunge Team. Not so sure about that cold water? You can choose the “Chicken Plunge” option (basically you donate to watch from the riverbank as we freeze our butts.)  Have other things to do that day? Ok, ok - make a donation to Special Olympics Pennsylvania on behalf of me taking the 2016 Eastern Polar Plunge. You can choose to donate to other team members too. Any amount would be appreciated – it all goes to a wonderful cause, and every little bit gets me that much closer to my goal. Our team page can be found at the end of this message.  You can donate online or send a check to Special Olympics Pennsylvania with "Eastern Plunge" and the name of the team plunger on the memo line. Address: Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Attn.: Eastern Polar Plunge, 2570 Boulevard of the Generals, Norristown PA 19403.

If you want to learn more about this spectacular winter event, visit http://specialolympicspa.org/about-eastern-plunge  to find out all the chilly details.  T

If you would like to register please click the link below. You will find a menu on the left, click on Register. Make sure you register for Montgomery County’s “Montgomery County Cold Comfort”. If you would just like to make a donation please click the same link and click Sponsor a Plunger, search for Montgomery County Cold Comfort.

We (athletes, coaches, volunteers, families, guardians and friends of athletes) all appreciate your support!

http://specialolympicspa.org/about-eastern-plunge

We have confirmed Sunday, March 20th, 2016 vs. Boston (6 p.m. start) for SOPA Night at the 76ers. Not only is it a weekend game but it is a 6 p.m. start time. In addition, we’ve requested no post-game activities (things were ending much too late for many programs with a lengthy drive home) but instead will have the following: 

-        Open ‘shoot around’ time on the court prior to the game (likely something like 3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. followed by some down time/dinner). All athletes of all ability levels are welcome to participate. There will not be a formal clinic but we are welcome to organize some drills or games. Only requirement is that tickets must be purchased (there are no comps).

-        Player autograph session and meet and greet prior to the game during shoot around time.

We’ll have more details on other exciting happenings and opportunities for the game soon but if you’d like to secure tickets now, I’ve copied our contact, Mitch Cohen and I’ve attached a flyer below as well. You can buy tix directly through Mitch (phone number on the flyer) or via web link also on the flyer.  We heard from a lot of programs that the second level seats we not ideal so Mitch is holding quite a few lower level corner seats which are closer to the action and still reasonably priced.

The team is playing better and the 76ers have always rolled out the red carpet for our athletes. Looking forward to a great night as always!

Eric Cushing,  Vice President, Marketing and Development,  Special Olympics Pennsylvania

Norristown, PA  Tel: 610.630.9450, ext. 229 -- Email: ecushing@specialolympicspa.org   

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Join in the parade of supporters! It takes money to keep our programs going. Because we provide our programs at no cost to athletes we rely on friends like Max for support. Max is a high school volunteer helping at soccer and floor hockey. Here he is with Coach Jill and athlete Eric at practice. He presented a $820 donation to SOMC that he personally raised (hint - bake sales do work!). Thank you Max!

Attention all volunteers.  Everyone has to be up to date with required training. Send a note to specialolympicsmontco@verizon.net to check if you are current. Here are the links to the three required courses:

Protective Behaviors: http://www.specialolympics.org/protective_behaviors.aspx. This has to be completed every three years.

General Orientation: http://www.specialolympicspa.org/ways-to-help/volunteer/general-orientation   You have to take this only one time.

 

Regardless of attending a State Games or not, all coaches/volunteers are required to complete concussion training this year. If not completed, they are ineligible to coachat any tournaments in 2016.

Concussion Training:

·           National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports training course which is available at https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61037 . If you take this course it saves your confirmation in your account so it can be retrieved easier.

 

After you complete the Concussion Training Course, email the completion certificate with your first name last name and county in the file name, to to sportstraining@specialolympicspa.org or jtresp@specialolympicspa.org.

 

Family Information on Concussions - Important for all Athletes and Families
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