December 31, 2015 

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Want to do something unusual and exciting? 
How about making a difference in someone's life?  
Or maybe this year you're going to live life to the fullest?

Accomplish any of these resolutions by participating
in our Winter Water Sports Series!

Middle School Plunge 
Saturday, January 23rd
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High School Plunge 
Saturday, February 6th
Winni Dip 
Saturday, March 19th
Prep School Plunge 
Sunday, January 24th
Penguin Plunge 
Sunday, February 7th
High School Dip 
Sunday, March 20th

More than 800 athletes from across the Granite State participated in the State Bowling Tournament on Saturday, November 7th.  Athletes competed in singles or doubles competition in either ten-pin or candle pin bowling. 
Meet Ken Copeland
Kenneth (or Ken or Kenny) Copeland of the AHC Angels participated in the Bowling Tournament at Spare Time. Ken is 65 and lives in Manchester. He has two sisters and lives with his mom and dad. Ken says "they take care of me and I take care of them". Ken has a part-time job at DDA Professional Truck Services where he drives to suppliers to pick up parts, changes oil, repairs and changes tires and is the custodian.
Ken participates in a number of sports with Special Olympics.  He golfs, plays basketball, bowls, snowshoes and participates in aquatics.
This year Ken was awarded the 2015 David Storace Award. This award is presented annually to an athlete who participates in aquatics and who is dedicated, enthusiastic and shows great sportsmanship as a Special Olympics competitor. Kim Moreau, coach of the AHC Angels said that Ken "strives to improve in every sport he participates in. He encourages his team mates to do better. He has become a mentor to other athletes by doing some social events with them like going to a fair or a hike on the Audubon trails. Ken is an athlete who shows what Special Olympics is all about."  

Meet Quentin Parhiala
Quentin Parhiala from Mascenic High School helped to start the competition at Leda Lanes by reciting the Athlete Oath. Quentin is nineteen years old and joined the Mascenic High School Special Olympics team in March of this year.  

Meet Peter Gay 
Peter Gay is 53 years old and is a member of the Winnipesauke Warriors.  Peter is an avid ten pin bowler and it is his favorite sport.  He loves going to practice each week.  His goal for the State Bowling Competition was to get three strikes and three strikes he got and then some!  In addition to bowling, Peter competes in Summer Games in the ball throw, long jump and enjoys the running events.  His favorite thing about his involvement with Special Olympics is the sleepovers at Summer Games, making new friends but most importantly cheering on his teammates.

Melissa Drew, Peter's coach said, "Peter has a kind heart and he always greets everyone with a smile.  He displays great sportsmanship and you can always find him cheering his teammates on.   He is very active in bowling and athletics and loves public awareness events like Fueling Dreams."

Peter received a bronze medal for his three strike bowling performance and was thrilled with his second string score of 87!

Meet Joshua Myers 
Joshua Myers, 15, competes with the Salem Olympic Blue Devils. Joshua competes in bowling, soccer and basketball.  In addition to sports and Special Olympics, Joshua loves science.  He hopes to be a blood technician or chemist when he grows up! 

Meet the Knights 
Our friends at the Knights of Columbus volunteered at venues across the state.  Pictured are members of St Matthew Council 7572 who volunteered in Windham.  From left to right: Robert Guyre, Grand Knight, David Kling, Financial Secretary, Kenneth Spina, Warden, Wayne Griffin, Past Grand Knight & State Deputy of NH and Leonard Snell, Deputy Grand Knight.

Meet Jana Camus
Wearing her gold medal, Janaina "Jana" Camus was one of the first athletes to finish her ten pin bowling competition at Yankee Lanes in Keene. Jana is 18 years old from Swanzey and has an interesting story and a very active life. Jana started participating in Special Olympics three years ago. She competes in bowling, basketball and athletics.

Jana is from Brazil, where she and her brother were home schooled. They were both adopted, live in New Hampshire now and attend Monadnock High School. Jana participates in the Monadnock High School's Key Club, ReAct Club, takes Drama classes and is in the chorus. Coach Mary Shepardson, said that Jana also plays several musical instruments and has a passion for horses!

Meet Briana Dodge
Brianna Dodge is a 21 year old Special Olympics New Hampshire athlete who competes with the Rochester Raiders and Community Partners Local Programs.  She loves to bowl and enjoys competing in the long jump and walking events at Summer Games.  Briana's coach, Jackie McKinney said "Briana is the best person in the world, she is a team player and you can always find her enthusiastically cheering her teammates on.  When she enters a room, she immediately brightens everyone's day." 
Briana visits Walmart every week with her mom to pick out a new outfit!  She is color coordinated all of the time from dying her hair, to her earrings, outfit and shoes!   Her favorite color is pink!  Briana loves being a Special Olympics New Hampshire athlete and is just happy to be able to have the opportunity to compete!  You go girl!

Meet Karen & Morgane
Karen Aldrich and Morgane Orcutt, of the Capital Area Cougars, took home gold medals in unified double candle pin competition at Boutwell's in Concord!
There are only hours left in our IGNITE THE CHANGE campaign.

So you'll have to act fast to help bring the Special Olympics experience to more athletes in New Hampshire and reach more people with the transformative power of sports.

Let's go all out in these final hours!
The State Floor Hockey Tournament took place on Saturday, November 14th at St Anselm College in Manchester. Five Local Programs took part in the event.  Results are listed below:
  1. Capital Area Cougars
  2. Hudson Eagles
  3. Spaulding Shooting Stars
  4. PLUS Pride
  5. North Country United
A big thank you to our sponsor TRS Hockey!  TSR Hockey is one of the premier hockey retailers in New England.  Not only do they carry all the best gear for hockey and lacrosse but they also repair and customize equipment. They have earned a reputation for taking the time to do it right!


A holiday bell ringing concert was held to raise funds for the Manchester Local Program and the Bedford Bobcats!  At a Knights of Columbus Council meeting, Grand Knight Mark Barnard & Bill Toolin presented a check in the amount of $4,739 to five of our local Special Olympics athletes.   Pictured below are: Crystal Carruth, Russell Mosman, Laura Lemire, Courtney Jennerjohn and Chris Panarese.

Saturday, January 23rd
Upper Valley Area Winter Games
Saturday, January 23rd 
Middle School Plunge
Sunday, January 24th
Saturday, February 6th
Sunday, February 7th
February 28th - March 1
Waterville Valley



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