June 21, 2016  

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State Summer Games Wrap Up
On Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th, the 47th Annual State Summer Games were held at The University of New Hampshire in Durham. 788 athletes participated in aquatics, athletics, equestrian, powerlifting and bocce events over the two days. 
Thank you to the athletes, coaches, management team members, volunteers, Law Enforcement professionals, sponsors and supporters who made this event one for the history books! 
Some notables included:
  • The first relays to be held under the lights
  • The first athlete to use starting blocks on the track
  • The use of photo credentials for all Athletes and Local Program Volunteers! 

Without our amazing sponsors, 
these Games would not be possible! 

PHOTOS from the Games






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Healthy Athlete Exam  
Hundreds of athletes took part in the Healthy Athlete Exams on Saturday.   
Screening options included: Healthy Hearing, Special Smiles, Opening Eyes and FunFitness! At hletes were able to r eceive a free t-shirt if they completed three of the four exams. M an y thanks to the volunteers and companies who donated their time, energy and professional expertise to make these exams possible. 
Team Barrington

Congratulations to Team Barrington, the 2016 winner of The Ray Kroc Award!  This award is given each year to the Special Olympics Local Program that best represents the sportsmanship and spirit of Special Olympics. It is s pon sored by  M cDonalds-The Napoli Group, in memory of the founder of the company. The award was presented by Larry Johnston, senior area advisor for The Napoli Group.   
COMPETITION Upcoming Agon Dates to Remember  

Thursday, June 30
State Golf Tournament & State Softball Tournament: 
Intent to Participate Closes
Thursday, July 14th
State Golf Tournament & State Softball Tournament: 
Registration Closes

TD BANK:  Thank you! 

TD Bank is a valued mission partner of SONH serving as the presenting sponsor of the Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games. They also provided volunteers throughout the event who helped in many, many ways!

All this while the Special Olympics/TD Bank  Campaign is in full swing at local branches! Click here for more photos!

No one tells the story of Special Olympics better than our athletes.  

Now through June 24th, join the Play Unified movement at any TD Bank branch location. Make a $5 donation to get your Play Unified bracelet and show your support for making our community more inclusive. When we #PlayUnified with sports as a shared experience, friendships are formed that extend beyond the playing field into schools, workplaces and communities...join us!      

PROJECT UNIFY:   Middle School Unified Soccer Jamboree
This spring four middle schools piloted a Middle School Unified Soccer League. Tha nks t Winnesquam, Alton, Gilford and Laconia for their participation! The Jamboree was held at FieldHouse Sports in Bow.  Interested and want to find out how to get your school involved?  
Email Emily at EmilyG@sonh.org
2016 marks the 32 nd year of partnership between Law Enforcement and SONH! Thank you to all who participated!  The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) saw the "Flame of Hope" complete its journey of over 800 miles. Participants from  every branch of state, municipal, county and federal Law Enforcement as well as friends of Special Olympics carried the "Flame of Hope" in over twenty torch run legs. The final leg made its way into Cowell Stadium on June 3rd, carried by Lieutenant Brian Levesque of the Merrimack PD, Jamie Staton of WMUR-TV and Frankie D'Alessandro from the Merrimack Tigers local program to celebrate the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremonies.
We thank all who participated for your continued and ongoing support of the many LETR initiatives in New Hampshire. We are looking forward to an exciting calendar of LETR events for the rest of the year. In fact, Save the Date now for "To Serve and Protect" Day, happening on Sat. Aug. 27th from 10am-2pm at Circle K and Irving dealers around the state. 

A special thank you to our 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run sponsors: Circle-K, Irving, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, Law Enforcement for Special Olympics and New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.   

Northeast Planning Associates and SONH announcement!

Paul Goyette and Michelle Wheeler of Northeast Planning Associates have been long time supporters of Special Olympics New Hampshire.

Both have volunteered at Summer Games and attended exciting Unified games with their families. Goyette has served on the Board of Directors and took the Penguin Plunge on many occasions.

Paul Goyette and Michelle Wheeler have taken their support to another level by signing on again as a 2016 Mission Partner!

Northeast Planning Associates is a financial planning firm that has been in New England for more than 55 years.  Goyette and Wheeler have been with the firm since 1996 and currently have offices in Nashua and Bedford. 

They specialize in financial planning for families who have children with special needs.  Goyette said he has worked with clients of a certain age of retirement, who he met and worked with for several years, and although they demonstrated the ability to retire comfortably, he was not able to get them to act.  It came to him that parents could not conceive of their own retirement until they were certain their son or daughter was going to be taken care of.

"It resonated with me that it was such a need," Goyette said.  "As we reached out in the community we found it was a tremendous need."

Goyette and Wheeler will again share some of what they have learned through y ears of working with families through quarterly articles in The Torch in 2016. Click here for the first article:  What's So Special About Special Needs Planning? 

"We've been supporters for a good many seasons and it's just a good partnering relationship combining families with financial planning matters and giving a voice to the questions I guess so many people have," Goyette said.  "Our whole purpose around this kind of planning is to help give families confidence in knowing that they have a plan in place for their child's future," Wheeler said.

We are excited about partnering with Paul Goyette and Michelle Wheeler again in 2016!

Saturday, July 16th
Heritage Harley, Concord
Tuesday, August 2nd
Nippo Lake Golf Club, Barrington
Saturday, August 6th
Wheelock Park, Keene
Monday, Aug. 8-Tuesday, Sept. 13th
Monday, August 22nd
Foundation Golf Tournament
North Sutton
Friday, Aug. 26-Sunday, Aug. 28th
Farmington, CT
Saturday, August 27th
To Serve & Protect Day
Circle K & Irving Locations Statewide
Saturday, October 1st



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