August 12, 2016  

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Meet Chelsea Schultz   

Since 2002, Chelsea Schultz has competed in a number of sports with Special Olympics including, basketball, athletics, softball, and floor
hockey. A little over year ago, Chelsea started working in the maintenance department of the Ha nnaford store in her hometown of Nashua. This new position required a great deal of physical activity.  As the months went by, she noticed that she was losing weight and her overall energy had increased. This newfound energy and interest in becoming more physically active led Chelsea to involve herself in more physical activities, such as walking and bike riding, outside of her normal work day and Special Olympics training.
Chelsea feels that these healthy lifestyle changes have improved her athletic performance at Special Olympics competitions. Chelsea pointed to the tying run that she scored for Plus Pride in their victory over Keene at the State Softball Tournament in Keene on August 6th, as a perfect example of her increased performance. She said that getting healthy helped her score that run because she was much faster than in years past. After Saturday's Tournament, Chelsea says that she plans to continue her healthy choices and looks forward to being even faster next year! 
Aero Repair
The Fourth Annual Aero Challenge was held on July 28 th at Aero Repair in Londonderry.  The event featured a half mile fun race and a BBQ which allowed Aero Repair employees and Special Olympics athletes to interact with one another, celebrate accomplishments, play cornhole, and have a great afternoon!
When asked about Special Olympics, Al Sproul, president of Aero Repair said "your organization and the athletes are truly inspiring."  Thanks to Al's support, the Annual Aero Challenge is continuing to flourish year after year.  Employees are having fun, helping their community and making new friends - all while raising funds for Special Olympics New Hampshire!

Thank you Aero Repair! 
Meet Ben and Robert  
Special Olympics athlete Ben Banfill and Unified partner Robert Smith from Independent Strout competed in the State Golf Tournament on Tuesday, August 2nd, taking home a gold medal in the 18 Hole Alternate Shot Event. Ben and Robert became teammates a few years ago when Ben was in need of a new golf partner. Robert was available, and a great partnership was formed!  According to Robert, Ben is "one of the nicest guys he has ever met," and also is a very hard worker. For his part, Ben appreciates the exercise that he is able to get through his Special Olympics training.  
The teammates practice every Wednesday during the season, and plan on continuing their practices and team lunches even now that the State Tournament has wrapped up. 
Robert is a retired school principal and has some common ground with Ben in their sense of humor and their love of music. They both claim that the other is a very hard worker and a great guy!

Congratulations Ben, Robert and everyone who participated in the Tournament!
There's still time to Register for the Foundation Golf Tournament
The Foundation Golf Tournament
Monday, August 22nd
The Country Club of New Hampshire in North Sutton
Click here for more information and to register!
This Law Enforcement Torch Run event is supported by the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police to benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Police, Fire and EMS Foundation.   You don't want to miss this chance to help out two fantastic organizations while enjoying a day of golf at one of the premier public golf courses in the United States.
We want to hear from you!

We are always looking for new stories from our supporters, volunteers, coaches and athletes about how Special Olympics has impacted their lives.

If you have a story to share, we want to hear from you!  Please email Bridget Carleton and include a 2-3 paragraph summary of your story. When sharing your story, please try to answer as many of the questions below as possible.
  • What was your life like before Special Olympics?
  • How and why did you get involved with Special Olympics?
  • How has Special Olympics changed your life?
  • What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?
Michelle L. Wheeler Earns Chartered Special Needs Consultant Designation

Michelle L. Wheeler, ChFC®, ChSNC TM, a Financial Planner with Northeast Planning Associates, Inc. in their Nashua, NH office, has fulfilled the rigorous requirements leading to the designation of Chartered Special Needs Consultant TM (ChSNC TM) from the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. Michelle joins a group of professional Financial Planners who are dedicated to high standards of ethical conduct and client services when assisting families and individuals with special needs.

As laws in this field have become more complex, the ChSNC TM certification allows designees to effectively provide special-needs individuals and their families with informed financial advice designed to help preserve assets without jeopardizing access to essential support services. In order to earn the ChSNC TM credential, financial professionals are to have completed one of three advanced designations such as the ChFC®, completed a minimum of 120 hours of study as part of three college-level courses that includes six hours of rigorous, proctored examinations, and a minimum of three years of professional experience.

Now that Michelle has completed the program, as a Chartered Special Needs Consultant
TM, she is equipped with the specialized skills needed to provide customized advice on a broad range of financial topics including special needs trusts; wills; powers-of-attorney; guardianships; Social Security and Medicaid; tax deductions and credits that may apply to special needs individuals; and more.

Ed Hiers, President of Northeast Planning Associates, Inc., applauds Michelle's accomplishment. "By earning her Chartered Special Needs Consultant TMdesignation, Michelle becomes one of the only Financial Planners at our firm so designated to serve special-needs families in New England. Michelle is to be congratulated on this outstanding achievement."

For more information or to contact Michelle directly, please visit:  
Monday, Aug. 1st-Tuesday, Sept. 6th
Circle K & Participating Irving Locations Statewide
Monday, August 22nd
North Sutton
Friday, Aug. 26-Sunday, Aug. 28th
Farmington, CT
Saturday, August 27th
Circle K & Participating Irving Locations Statewide
Sunday, September 18th
Upper Valley Area Fall Games

Saturday, October 1st
Saturday, October 22nd
State Soccer Tournament
Saturday, October 29th
State Bowling Tournament
Saturday, November 19
State Floor Hockey Tournament



Special Olympics New Hampshire is grateful for the annual support of our Mission Partners who help bring our programs to life.