SOHC E-Newsletter February 2014

From: Beth S.
Sent on: Friday, February 7, 2014 11:02 AM

February 2014 E-Newsletter
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Dear SOHC Friends,

     Well, the weather continues to present some challenges for all of us.  Schools have had delays and cancellations, we have had to cancel practices and games, and February looks to be another snowy, cold month.  Please be careful and use your best judgement when deciding to attend an SOHC event.  Don't forget to touch base with your coach to make sure that things haven't been canceled or changed due to the weather.
     Despite the weather issues, we do have a lot of things going on in February, so please be sure and check our website and the newsletter for upcoming sports and fundraising events.

                                                                  Beth S.

What We’ve Been Doing…

Hamilton Southeastern Scrimmages - 
On Saturday, January 11th, both of our Girls Teams and one of our Men's Teams got to participate in halftime scrimmages during the HSE Varsity Basketball games.  Our SOHC cheerleaders also got to cheer for our teams and the HSE teams.  Our players got to run through their own fan tunnel and received a lot of cheers from the crowd at both games.  HSE also raised over $1,000 for us to go towards our new uniforms.  We were also featured in their Royal Report, you can read it HERE.
Special Olympic Day at Ball State - 
Special Olympics athletes from Hamilton, Delaware and Jay counties participated in a Special Olympics Day at Ball State's Basketball game on Saturday. Athletes got to participate in a Fan Tunnel, get on court recognition and the Hamilton County Heroes played in a halftime scrimmage against the Delaware County Team, while our SOHC cheerleaders cheered them on. Everyone also enjoyed getting their pictures made with Charlie Cardinal and some of the Ball State athletes. It was a FUN day with a snowy end.
Joint Practice with Fishers High School - 
On Tuesday evening, January 21st, our two SOHC girls teams enjoyed a joint practice with the FHS girls team.  Everyone had a great time! This joint practice was featured in a special FHS newsletter.  You can read it HERE.
SOIN State Conference 2014 - 
Members of SOHC attended the Awards Dinner Friday, January 25th, at the SOIN State Conference. The Fathauer Family was one of the finalists for the Family of the Year Award.  It was a two day conference full of lots of information and classes for coaches, volunteers and county coordinators.  You can watch a brief video from the conference HERE.
Joint Cheer Practice with Guerin High School - 
On Sunday, Jan. 26th, our SOHC cheerleaders did a joint practice with the Guerin High School cheerleaders.  Everyone had a lot of fun sharing and showing off. THANKS Guerin HS for your support and help!
Cheering at Guerin Girls Varsity Game - 
On Friday, January 31st, our SOHC Cheerleaders joined the Guerin Catholic High School cheerleaders to cheer on the girls varsity basketball team as they played Lafayette Central Catholic. We got to cheer for the whole game, plus an overtime quarter. It was a lot of FUN. A big THANKS to the the GC cheerleaders for having us participate with them!! GC ended up winning the game 66 - 63 in overtime.

Did You Know…

SOHC Lady Tigers - 
Did you know that the SOHC Lady Tigers Basketball team has their own Facebook page?  You can follow their activities during basketball season and see lots of wonderful pictures of the team.  LIKE their page HERE.
Spring Sports Registration is March 1st - 15th - 
Did you know that Spring Sports registration is March 1st - 15th?  Watch our website and your emails for a registration notice.  Our Spring Sports include:  Track & Field, Bocce, Cycling, Performing Arts, Powerlifting, Soccer and Swimming.  Please make sure that you have an Athlete Application and and updated Medical Form on file.
We Need Track & Field Coaches - 
Did you know that Track & Field season will be starting soon and we need more coaches?  Scott Maymon, our long time Track & Field Sports Director and Head Coach will not be leading our team this year.  He will be  taking a break this year to spend more time with family.  Coach John Cole will be taking over as Head Coach this year and can use your help.  If you are interested in helping with our Track & Field team this year as a coach or a volunteer, please contact John C. HERE for more information.
We Need a Bocce Coach - 
Did you know that our long time Bocce Sports Director and Coach, Marilyn King, is unable to coach this year?  Marilyn is recovering nicely from complications from a stroke and brain aneurysm and will be unable to coach our team this year.  If you are interested in coaching our Bocce team, please contact us at [address removed].  We have a lot of good players that have done very well in the past and would appreciate your help.
Polar Plunge 2014 - 
Did you know there is still time to register a team to participate in the March 1st Polar Plunge at Eagle Creek?  We currently have teams from Fishers High School, Carmel High School and Hamilton Heights High School. You too can 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.
SOHC Dollar Challenge 2014 - 
Did you know that if you donate just $1.00 a week, only $4.00 a month, roughly $50 for the year, that you could help fund SOHC for 2014?  SOHC has approximately 1,000 people in our email data base, if each person donated $50, we would be almost fully funded for 2014.  Did you know that approximately[masked] people live in Hamilton County?  Imagine how much we could raise if you share this challenge with your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and others. Please help fund our program for 2014 by sending your Challenge Card and $50 check made out to SOHC to PO Box 730, Noblesville, IN 46061.  Thank you for your support and helping us to provide a year round sports program for special needs families in Hamilton County.  Download your Challenge Card HERE.
SOHC Logo Jewelry- 
Did you know that SOHC has it's own logo jewelry?  These lovely sterling silver Special Olympics charms, created by Terri Decker and provided by Silver Dragonfly, come with a sterling silver chain in your choice of lengths, 16", 18" and 20", each only $35.  You can order yours from our website or HERE. 20% from each sale will be donated back to SOHC to help support our athletes.
Team Indiana Fan Club and Fan Bus - 
    Did you know that Team Indiana has a Fan Bus that you can take to watch our SOHC athletes compete at the 2014 National Games in New Jersey in June?  SOIN is providing a Fan Bus for families and others that would like to attend the National Games in New Jersey.  The cost is only $190 a person and they need to have your registration and payment by March 1st. You can download the registration form HERE or contact Jeff Mohler at the state office HERE for more information.
Did you know that you can join the Team Indiana Fan Club and help support the athletes and coaches participating in the 2014 National Competition in New Jersey in June?    There will be 58 athletes traveling from our state to New Jersey in June for the National Games.  You can help support these athletes by becoming a member of the Team Indiana Fan Club.  Become a Fan Club Member HERE.
    You can watch special news coverage about the Special Olympics National Games HERE.
SOIN Powerlifting - 
Did you know that Brute Force is hosting a Powerlifting competition that includes Special Olympics athletes?  On Saturday, March 8th, there will be a Brute Force Powerlifting Meet at 14036 Britton Park Rd, Fishers, IN 46038.  You can find our more information HERE.  The first section is a Special Olympics Indiana sanctioned event. The second section will be an unsanctioned meet with open registration, also run by IPF rules.  Come out and cheer on our athletes, or test your strength and join in the competition.
Help SOIN Win $100,000 - 
Did you know that you can help Special Olympics Indiana win $100K?  We're one of 5 lucky finalists with a chance to be awarded $100,000 with our IHSAA partnership for Champions Together!  This is big for us, in more ways than one! We are changing lives each and every day as we connect with more high schools in Indiana, creating school-wide disability awareness and volunteerism efforts -all to provide sports opportunities to students with intellectual disabilities.  With that said, we need your help at a chance to win $100,000 from LIDS Foundation. It's quick and easy.  Click the link and vote Special Olympics Indiana! Pretty simple! One vote per computer/smart device! So that means you can vote multiple times a day, as long as you use another computer/ smart device!  Be a Champion Together with Special Olympics Indiana! Votting Ends Friday, February[masked]! Vote HERE!
The Woman Behind the Scarves - 
Did you know that SOIN has a scarf project?  Everyone that attended the State Conference received a free scarf.  Here is a little more info about the SOIN Scarf Project.
   Although she hasn't won one medal or ribbon, Carol Emhardt is a champion within Special Olympics Indiana. Carol is one of the thousands of unsung heroes within SO Indiana that make a difference for our athletes every day. Since age six, Carol has been perfecting the art of crocheting. She has been a knitting and crocheting enthusiast ever since! Carol, an Indianapolis native and graduate of Purdue University, has been part of the Scarf Project for the past three years, contributing around ninety scarves in total. This year alone, Carol crocheted over 40 scarves for the 2014 Winter Games.  You can read more HERE.

Upcoming Events...

February 8 - Westfield High School Basketball Game
SOHC Basketball teams will have a scrimmage game during the WHS Boys Varsity Game.  The game begins at 6pm.  Two of our men's teams will be scrimmaging.  Our SOHC Cheerleaders will also be cheering.  All SOHC families and athletes are invited to attend.

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.

February 15 - Carmel High School Basketball games
Our SOHC basketball teams and cheerleaders will be participating in a halftime scrimmage during the CHS game on Feb. 15th.  Please come and cheer us on!

February 28th - Hamilton Heights High School Basketball game
Our SOHC basketball teams and cheerleaders will be participating in a halftime scrimmage during the HHS game on Feb. 28th. Please come and cheer us on!

March 1 - Disability Awareness Day at Civic Theatre
On Saturday, March 1st from 2:30 - 5:5pm, the Civic Theatre in Carmel is hosting a Disability Awareness Day with activities for kids, learning workshops for parents, resource information and a sensory friendly performance of the Cat in the Hat.  Download the flyer HERE.  Purchase tickets 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] 
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 - John Stoller, [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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