SOHC E-Newsletter December 2013

From: Beth S.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 10:17 AM

December 2013 E-Newsletter
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Dear SOHC Friends,

It's hard to believe that 2013 is almost over. It has been a very busy year for SOHC and we have a lot more things planned for 2014.  As you prepare for the Holidays and the end of the year, we hope that you will consider supporting SOHC as a volunteer, by making a donation or both.  Our program is run solely by volunteers, so we are always needing help.  We also do not charge our families/athletes to participate in our program, so we rely on fundraising and donations to fund our program.  Any help you can give us would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks to everyone who is already a volunteer and to everyone who has supported our program this year.  We wouldn't be able to do what we do without you.

Happy Holidays!

                                                                  Beth S.

What We’ve Been Doing…

Holiday Bazaar 2013 - 
On Thursday, November 7th, SOHC hosted our annual Holiday Bazaar at the Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel.  With over 30 vendors and over 100 silent auction items, it was a FUN way to start the holiday season.  Thanks to everyone who joined us and helped make this event such a success!
ALPs University Fall 2013 - 
Congratulations to Gerald Honea who graduated from ALPs University on Saturday,November 16th.  Congratulations to Amelia Stoller who won the Best New Student award.  Stephanie Reinking also attended ALPs University.  These athletes are training to be leaders in our program, either by coaching, speaking and/or promoting SOHC as a spokes person for our program.  We wish them the best and encourage any other athletes interested in being a leader to contact Charlie & Anita Snyder to get involved in our SOHC ALPs program.
Coach Volunteer Training (CVO) - 
On Tuesday, November 19th, SOHC hosted a CVO training for approximately 15 new volunteers and coaches.  SOHC relies on volunteers to help run our program, we appreciate all of our volunteers.  Our next CVO training will be in March 2014.
CONGRATULATIONS for the Fletchell Family - 
The Fletchell Family, who help run our SOHC Tennis Program, were awarded the CITA Tennis Family of the Year.

This award is given to the family who best exemplifies the high ideals of the Central Indiana Tennis Association with each membr of the family contributing to the sport of tennis and to CITA.

The Special Olympics of Hamilton County Tennis program was created in 2013 by the Fletchall family.  Main organizer was daughter Molly, who plays varsity doubles for Carmel High School.  Because of this family, 25 special needs athletes played tennis this past summer every other Saturday evening from June - September at the Todd Witsken Tennis Center.  The program is free and the only registered USTA Adaptive Tennis program in Indiana and one of nine in the USTA Midwest Section. 

THANKS to Molly and her family for their help and devotion to our athletes and our program!
Organization Day Drive for Special Olympics Indiana- 
On Wednesday, November 20th, SOHC athlete, Kylene Weber, was part of the Special Olympics of Indiana Organization Day Drive at the Indiana State House.  You can read more HERE.
SOHC Prayer Chain Request - 
Marilyn King, one of our long time SOHC coaches is recovering at St. Vincent's Seton Care Center from a brain aneurysm and other complications.  Teresa Carothers, one of our long time SOHC athletes is recovering at St. Vincent's Hospital from heart and lung problems and other complications.

Please keep these members of our SOHC family in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season. Both ladies have a long road of recovery ahead of them and we wish them and their families all of the best!
Disability Awareness Day, The Cat in Hat - 
SOHC has partnered with the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre and the Joseph Maley Foundation for a Disability Awareness Day on March 1, 2014.  A special "lights up, sound down" version of the Cat in the Hat, along with various information booths and workshops will be available for all special needs families.  Please mark your calendars and save the date.  You can find out more HERE.
Area 8 Bowling Competition - 
Congratulations to all of our SOHC Bowlers who competed in the Area 8 Bowling Competition November 2nd & 3rd.  A Special CONGRATS and GOOD LUCK to those who will be advancing on to compete at the State Bowling Competition on December 7th & 8th.
Team Indiana Fan Club - 
Help support Team Indiana as they prepare for their National Competition in 2014.  SOHC has four athletes, Zach & Sarah Gunn, Jerry Moore and Sam McNew competing on Team Indiana and two of our SOHC Coaches, Jim & Donna Gunn, who will also be participating.  Find out more about how you can help HERE.
Ball State Basketball Game - 
Special Olympics programs are partnering with Ball State University to offer our athletes another college experience.  Athletes and families are invited to attend a Ball State basketball game on January 18, 2013 at 2pm versus Miami University.

We will have reserved seats, athletes will have a chance to meet Ball State athletes, cheerleaders and Charlie the Cardinal before the game, athletes will form a Fan Tunnel to high five the team as they take the court, and athletes will be recognized during the game.

Tickets are $10 per person. SOHC will pay for out athletes to attend the game, parents and other family members are asked to pay for themselves. SOHC will purchase tickets before the game and collect payments from everyone when you arrive at the game and then give you your tickets.  

You can register to attend the game HERE.
2014 USA Games Announcement - 
The 2014 USA Games announced that 21st Century Fox, the world's premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents, has signed on as a Founding Partner of the 2014 USA Games!

With a reach of nearly 1.5 billion subscribers in more than 100 local languages, 21st Century Fox will serve as the Official Presenting Media Sponsor and will provide broad exposure for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games across its U.S. channels which include FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, FOX Broadcasting, FOX Sports, FX, National Geographic Channel, and 28 local stations, as well as FOX Sports 1, which will air a one-hour recap special.

To read more on the 2014 Games site, click here.

Did You Know…

State Conference 2014 - 
The State Conference is quickly approaching and we want to make sure that you are there. We are excited this year to bring you a new schedule and speakers you have never heard before. Featuring a nationally acclaimed and motivational speaker leading the charge for Champions Together to an author and mother who will speak on the life struggles placed in front of us and how we should choose to handle them. No matter which session you choose to attend,  this year is sure to provide you  with many resources to help your local programs in the coming year.

The State Conference will be held at the Marten House Hotel and Lily Conference Center in Indianapolis on January 24-25. Below are the registration forms, schedule, and session descriptions.  Please read through and complete the registration form.  Forms and Payments will be due to the State Office Monday, January 13. Register HERE.

This is a great opportunity for coaches and volunteers to learn more about Special Olympics.  If you need SOHC to help you with the cost of attending this conference, please email us at [address removed]
Polar Plunge 2014 - 
Polar Plunge registration is now open!  Support Special Olympics Hamilton County by joining the fun of the Polar Plunge.  Join us for this extreme fundraising event for the warm at heart.  Participants must raise a "bear" minimum of $75 ($50 minimum for students with a student I.D.) to take a daring dip into Indiana's winter waters.  All funds raised by the event benefit Special Olympics Indiana and SOHC.

To learn more about the 2014 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana, visit  To register simply click on the registration button. Please be sure to notify SOHC of your team so that we can get credit for your efforts and keep funds in Hamitlon County.
Unified Track & Field Tournament Announcement by IHSAA - 
In a historic move, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) has further enhanced its ‘Champions Together’ partnership with Special Olympics Indiana (SOIN) in sanctioning a Unified Track and Field event set for 2014.

This most recent collaborative effort allows IHSAA‐member schools to form teams composed equally of students with and without intellectual disabilities to compete for a state championship in Unified Track and Field. The IHSAA Executive Committee officially approved the new tournament during last week’s monthly meeting.  
To read the full Press Release,
 click here .
Fundraising and Donations - 
Did you know that even though SOHC does not charge our families and athletes to participate in our programs, we do have to pay for their participation in competitions, equipment, facilities, uniforms and other fees?  To be able to provide these services to our families, we rely on fundraisers, donations and grants.  We ask that each family and athlete help us to promote our fundraisers and events so that we may raise the funds needed to support those who wish to participate in our program.
Sponsorship Opportunities - 
SOHC offers various sponsorship levels to help support our athletes and our program.  In return. sponsors will receive various promotional benefits.  For more information, please contact SOHC at [address removed].

SOHC Holiday Shopping - 

Did you know that SOHC has logo wear and candles that we sell from our website?  We have shirts, shorts, jackets, golf bags, sports bags, ball caps and more.  Also, a percentage of each purchase is donated back to support SOHC athletes.  Be sure and check out our logo wear and our candles, they will make great gifts for family and friends for the Holidays! 

Upcoming Events...

December 7 - Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 7th, 8:30 – 10:00am, First Presbyterian Church of Noblesville, 1207 Conner Street, Noblesville, IN 46060.  Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa and help support the Special Olympics of Hamilton County!  Breakfast will include:  Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, milk, juice, coffee.  Download a flyer here.  Register here.

January 18 - Ball State Basketball Game
On Saturday January 18th, at 2pm, SOHC athletes and families will be attending a Ball State basketball game and receive special recognition.  Athletes will participate in a Meet & Greet with Ball State athletes, cheerleaders and mascot.  They will participate in the Fan Tunnel at the beginning of the game and have a special on court recognition during the game.  Tickets for will $10 per person, SOHC athletes may attend for FREE.  Please register HERE.

January 24 & 25 - SO Indiana State Conference

On Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25th Special Olympics Indiana will be hosting their annual State Conference.  Coaches and Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend to learn more about Special Olympics Indiana.  SOHC will pay for our coaches and volunteers to attend, if they are unable to pay for themselves.  You can find more information and register HERE.

February 14 - Valentine's Dinner
On Friday, February 14th, bring your sweetheart and join SOHC for a romantic evening for two at the River Glen County Club in Fishers from 6 - 9pm.  There will be a romantic dinner, drinks, prizes, music and a silent auction.  Download flyer HERE and register HERE.

March 15 - Bowl-A-Thon
On Saturday, March 15th from 3 - 6pm at Stardust Bowl in Noblesville, SOHC will host their Annual Hamilton County School Bowl-A-Thon.  All Hamilton County School personnel is invited to participate in this FUN fundraising event. Please mark your calendars!  More information and registration will be coming soon.
Contact Us…
County Management Team:
County Coordinator – Beth Schweigel, [address removed]
Secretary – Monica Cannaley, [address removed]
Treasurer – Mike Wegner, [address removed]
Sports Manager – Glenn Roberts, [address removed]
Events/Fundraising Coordinator – Kimberly Prince, [address removed]
PR/Outreach Coordinator - Aaron Culp, [address removed]
Volunteer Coordinator – Laurie Kessler, [address removed]
Athlete Representative – Jerry Moore
Equipment/Uniform Managers – Bob & Denise Moore,
[address removed]
ALPS Coordinators – Anita & Charlie Snyder, [address removed]
Sports Directors:
BASKETBALL – Jeff Zipes, [address removed] and Bill Knorr, [address removed]
BOCCE – Marilyn King, [address removed]
BOWLING – Lisa Hufferd, [address removed] and Chelsie Hufferd,  [address removed]
CHEERLEADING – Beth Schweigel, [address removed]
CORN HOLE - John & Leslie Carothers,  [address removed], [address removed]
CYCLING – Jim & Donna Gunn, [address removed]
DISTANCE RUN & WALK –John Cole, [address removed]
EQUESTRIAN – Deb Usher, [address removed]
FLAG FOOTBALL - Glenn Roberts, [address removed]
GOLF – Jim & Donna Gunn, [address removed]
ICE HOCKEY – Devan Heiber, [address removed]
ICE SKATING - Devan Heiber, [address removed]
SOFTBALL – John Moore, [address removed]
SWIMMING – Jean & Tom Derksen, [address removed] and Becky Thomas, [address removed]
TRACK & FIELD – Scott Maymon, [address removed]
VOLLEYBALL - Kimberly Prince, [address removed]
YOUNG ATHLETES – Brooke Taflinger, [address removed]
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