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MSAD #51 Special Olympians

posted Nov 16, 2012, 5:26 PM by Dawna Green   [ updated Jan 4, 2013, 11:15 AM ]
March 2012 Spotlight

MSAD #51 Special Olympians

Greely’s Special Olympics team consists of 28 Olympians grades K-12+. This year the winter Special Olympics were held at Sugarloaf at the end of January. To attend the Olympics, Special Olympians raise money at the annual Holiday Craft Fair, held the last Saturday before Thanksgiving at Greely High School. The students make crafts that are sold at the fair, and also sell tables to other craftspeople and vendors.

Each year, MSAD #51 is fortunate to be represented at the Special Olympics. Amy Jacobson is MSAD 51's Special Olympics coach and also a parent of a Special Olympian. She says that “to watch each of the athletes participate is so heartwarming. It is a place where they can be themselves and feel successful no matter the outcome.”

This year’s Winter Olympics brought perfect temperatures, sunshine and excitement to all those who attended the event. The start of the Olympics was touched off by a Parade of Champions where over 500 Olympians were honored. Throughout the two days many Olympians received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each of their events. The excitement at the individual award ceremony is breathtaking as the Olympic tune is played and each Olympian stands on the risers to be presented their awards by State Police, Game Wardens and Local Police Officers. The highlight of the Olympics is on Monday night when the Special Olympic Organization puts on a Dance of Champions, fireworks and a dinner.

The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with special mental and physical limitations. Special Olympics believes that consistent sports training is essential to the development of sports skills, and that competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth. 

Special Olympics believes that through sports training and competition, people with disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. Families are strengthened. The community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect, and acceptance. 

Olympic Oath: “Let me Win, but if I can’t win let me be brave in the attempt” 

Congratulations to the following Special Olympic Champions who took part in this year's Winter Special Olympics. 

• Snow Shoe - Noah Hamer, Steven Scott, Drew Milburn, Josh Storey-King and Jamie Twomey
• Sit Ski - Lukas Twomey and Nick Twomey
• Cross Country - Michael Thibodeau, Conner Hines, and Dominic Gianattasio
• Alpine - Patrick Obery, Elena Johnson, and Jack Rosenblum