September 11, 2015 

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Thank you to everyone that participated in our Summer Season events!

150 athletes and Unified partners from 12 Local Programs took part in the State Golf Tournament on August 4th at Nippo Lake Golf Club in Barrington.

Kerry Morency and her dad Dave from Littleton competed in Unified Nine Hole Alternate Shot at the State Golf Tournament.  They shot a 67 and took home gold medals!  Kerry and Dave have been golfing together for five years and are now preparing to play 18 holes at the 2016 State Golf Tournament. 

Kerry participates in Special Olympics year round with Team Challenger.  She competes in Cross Country Skiing, Bocce, Golf and Bowling.  When not competing, Kerry loves to help out with the Law Enforcement Torch Run.  She had loads of fun at the statehouse celebration in Concord. 

135 athletes from 9 teams and 5 Local Programs took part in the State Softball Tournament on August 8th at Wheelock Park in Keene.

Parker Thornton from Nashua competed with the Nashua Spartans and took home a golf medal.  Parker said that overall the day was great!  Although the competition was tough, Parker thought his team did well and learned a lot from the competition.  "We were outplayed this year," Parker said, "I'm already looking forward to next year!"
Upcoming Agon Dates to Remember 
Saturday, September 12th
UV Area Fall Games: Scratch Period Ends
Tuesday, September 15th
State Soccer Tournament: Intent Period Ends
Wednesday, September 23rd
State Soccer Tournament: Registration Period Ends
Wednesday, September 30th
State Soccer Tournament: Scratch Period Ends

State Bowling Tournament: Intent Period Ends
Tuesday, October 6th
State Floor Hockey Tournament: Intent Period Ends
Thursday, October 15th
State Bowling Tournament: Registration Period Ends
Wednesday, October 21st
State Floor Hockey Tournament: Registration Period Ends
Saturday, October 24th
State Bowling Tournament: Scratch Period Ends
Wednesday, October 28th
State Floor Hockey Tournament: Scratch Period Ends
Generation Unified Social Impact Summit
By: Laura Davies and Cassie Contigiani

Cassie Contigiani and Laura Davies from Belmont New Hampshire along with 118 other youth leaders from 30 countries around the globe attended a seven day Social Impact Summit in Los Angeles, California in July.

The Generation Unified Social Impact Summit was a leadership training for youth working on projects that promote social inclusion and unification efforts between people with and without intellectual disabilities. The first two days of training were held at the Mattel Corporate Headquarters. Contigiani and Davies learned about how to make a project pitch, team building, fundraising, use of social media, project management, event planning, budgeting, and inspired each other. They were provided a mentor, Zaki, from The Future Project in New York City, and became part of a team, "The Barber Squad". Youth on their team were from Chicago, Australia, India, Indiana, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, and New Hampshire! The team became very close. The girls also attended workshops hosted by DOHA which is an international non-profit organization that uses the power of sports for social good. DOHA has a conference each year. This year they made social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities a major part of their conference. Almost every workshop had professional athletes and speakers that talked about this important area of need. A major highlight was attending opening ceremonies for the World Games, and watching some of the great sporting events.
Cassie and Laura were chosen to attend because of the work they did over the past year promoting unified sports. They applied to the Summit as a unified pair and had to complete an application and project proposal, as well as produce a short video that told their story and why they should be selected. Now they are back in New Hampshire where they will begin to implement their project over the course of the year. Their project consists of developing an online Unified Basketball Jamboree Toolkit for other communities to learn from based on the 1st Unified Basketball Jamboree that Cassie organized in Belmont. They are also growing more youth leadership in the community, surveying community members about their interests, planning new activities to bring people together, and raising awareness about the need to include people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Youth at the summit developed a Generation Unified Proclamation which reads: "We are generation unified. We stand together for the dignity and possibility of every member of our community-no exceptions. We are committed to breaking through the walls, visible and invisible, that have defined our world for too long. We will raise our voices in pursuit of an inclusive world where friendship is built, trust is kept, and respect always comes first. We are Generation Unified."
Generation Unified is in! Are you? #SOGenUin
Don't forget to stop by your local Circle K or Irving this Saturday, September 12th from 10 am to 2 pm and you just may have your gas pumped and windows washed by a member of local law enforcement or a Special Olympics New Hampshire athlete during the annual To Serve and Protect Day!

The day celebrates the culmination of the Fueling Dreams promotion where Circle K stores and Irving Dealers sell window decals to raise funds for Special Olympics.  2015 marks the 16th year Circle K and Irving have partnered with Special Olympics for the Fueling Dreams promotion.  In 2014, over $203,000 was raised in New Hampshire.  You can help us exceed last year's fundraising and support the athletes of SONH by simply stopping into your local station on Saturday. We hope to see you there!
If you missed purchasing a decal earlier this're not too late!  Visit any one of the participating Irving Oil dealers now through October 6th to get your commemorative cling. 

Thank you Circle K & Irving for your ongoing partnership and support of our athletes. 

The New Hampshire Knights of Columbus have supported SONH for many years! They hold a Tootsie Roll Drive throughout the state annually where folks donate to Special Olympics in exchange for a Tootsie Roll.  The Knights, in their full regalia, lead the parade of athletes at our Area and State Competitions.  They also present awards to our athletes at competition alongside Law Enforcement.
Annually, every state designs a Knights of Columbus pin.  This year Wayne Griffin, the New Hampshire State Deputy, asked Kyle Massie, a talented artist and Special Olympics New Hampshire athlete to design New Hampshire's pin.  Kyle drew several designs for the Knights to consider.  They ultimately choose a unique bar pin comprised of three squares.  The pin was released in May at the Knights Annual Board meeting with Kyle receiving a standing ovation for his work.

The Red Sox Game on Thursday, August 20th at Fenway Park began with a Special Olympics ceremony that included New Hampshire's own Alberta Vayens throwing the first pitch... click here to see a video of Alberta! 
Now to September 15
Applebee's Promotion
Saturday, September 12
To Serve & Protect Day
Saturday, September 19
Saturday, September 26
Sunday, September 27
Upper Valley Area Fall Games
Claremont & Hanover
Saturday, October 17
State Soccer Tournament
Saturday, October 31
Change Day
Saturday, November 7
Saturday, November 14




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