null  January 2014

 Greetings! 

 

Happy New Year!  As you will see from the opportunities below, SOMA is off and running in the new year!  We have a variety of opportunities available, and we hope to see you at one of these events soon!

 

  

Special Olympics Massachusetts 

IN THIS ISSUE
Coaches Needed
SONA Coach of the Year
Volunteers Needed
Springfield Armor Basketball
Polar Plunge
FAQ's
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COACHES NEEDED
 
 
Aquatics:
  • EMARC. Malden YMCA beginning mid-March. Sundays 3:20pm - 4:30pm.  For more information contact Laura Wilcox.
  • Greater Marlborough Programs (GMPI). Practice will begin mid-February at the Westborough Tennis and Swim Club.  Sunday 10 - 11am.  Contact Jim Karami .
  • New Bedford. Assistant coaches with competitive swimming experience needed.  For more information contact Cory Zarrella.

Tennis: 

  •  EMARC. Woburn Racquet Club beginning January 26th.  Sundays 1 - 2pm through May.  For more information contact Laura Wilcox.
 CONGRATULATIONS!
Jen receiving her award at basketball practice
Jen Walsh, coach and program director for the Milford Special Olympics program, was named 2013 Special Olympics National Coach of the year!  Jen, who teaches Special Education at Milford High School, coordinates over 170 Special Olympics athletes in 17 towns.  Jen, who was inducted into the Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame in 2006, has been invited to attend President Obama's State of the Union address as a guest of MA Representative Joseph Kennedy.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Medical Volunteers: We are looking for licensed medical professionals to provide first aid coverage at all events throughout the state.  For more information, please contact Martha Dove.
 
Office Volunteer: Danvers office. Help needed with data entry, filing, and general office assistance.  Part time, very flexible hours.  Please contact Aiyanna Medeiros.

Polar Plunge: Saturday, February 22nd at Nantasket Beach in Hull.  We need assistance checking in volunteers, setting up and breaking down after the event, and keeping Plungers area free and accessible.  For more information and to register, visit Polar Plunge.
Winter Games: Saturday and Sunday, March 8th and 9th, greater Worcester area. Volunteers needed for assistance with basketball, bowling, Alpine skiing, floor hockey, meal distribution, and dance/Olympic Town.  For more information and to register, visit 2014 Winter Games.
  
SPRINGFIELD ARMOR BASKETBALL
Special Olympics night, Friday, February 28th. Come watch the Armor battle the Austin Toros.  You'll receive a general admission ticket as well as a pre-game Court of Dreams experience.  A portion of the proceeds go to Special Olympics Massachusetts.  For ticket information or to purchase tickets, visit Springfield Armor or contact Jon Scully.
  
  
  
GO FOR A SWIM!
Join hundreds of other supporters of Special Olympics Massachusetts as they plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, February 22nd.  The event is being held at Revere Beach and Nantasket Beach, Hull.  As veteran Plungers have said:  By the time you realize how cold you are, you're on your way out!  Costume contest, lots of fun!  Visit 2014 Polar Plunge.
  
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Special Olympics MA is happy to have volunteers of any age help out, and there are a variety of opportunities for all age groups.  Please note:  Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (parent, group leader, etc.)


How can I get a group registered to volunteer?

For most of our larger events we have a Group Registration Form. When you see an event you're interested in, ask the contact person to send you that form.


What is the time committment to volunteer?

You may volunteer for as many or as few hours as you like!  We have many volunteers who will help out at one of our events for a 4-6 hour period.  Others choose to volunteer at multiple events or assist in planning events.  We have some very dedicated volunteers who give us 100's of hours a year!


Why are you asking for my employer's name?

We are frequently asked by companies if any of their employees volunteer for SOMA, as many prefer to support those charities to whom their employees give their time.


These are just some of the many opportunities available with SOMA!  If you have any questions, please contact Martha Dove, Director of Volunteers, at martha.dove@specialolympicsma.org.
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