Board of Directors Chair
Special Olympics Connecticut President
With a year marked by challenges, isolation and uncertainty brought on by a global pandemic, we at Special Olympics Connecticut are proud of the way our athletes, coaches, volunteers, supporters, Board Members and staff have remained positive, resilient, dedicated and connected in more ways than we could have imagined possible.
- Established a SOCTFit5 Facebook group, more than 600 members strong, which offers live workouts, fitness challenges, resources for good nutrition and a social network that provides athletes with encouragement and recognition from their peers and friends.
- We held four state games, three of which were mostly virtual, to motivate athletes and keep them moving with a variety of sports activities they could complete in the safety of their own backyard or neighborhood and put together video celebrations to honor their achievements. We even introduced new sports like Hip Hop Dance and Corn Hole! Limited in-person events were held, including some bowling practices, croquet and golf skills competition, but only where and when social distancing and safety protocols could be strictly enforced.
- We also created the SOCT Zoom Room to offer all athletes a place to meet up for events like dances, bingo, art classes, talent shows and trivia contests.
It was heartbreaking to hear of the depression, illness, loneliness and fear that some of our athletes were feeling but energizing and fulfilling to hear what their connection to Special Olympics has meant and continues to mean to them. For many, Special Olympics is a lifeline that gives them hope, surrounds them with friends and people who care about and love them, allows them to receive healthcare that would otherwise be out of reach and lets them know that anything is possible and that their opportunities should be limitless!
To everyone who supported us in 2020, thank you for standing by us at a time when we needed your belief and investment in us the most. We are deeply grateful. Special Olympics is here to stay as we continue to create a revolution that demands acceptance, understanding, respect - and inclusion - for people with and without intellectual disabilities - to create a more compassionate and peaceful world where everyone has a chance to shine.