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SSD Athlete Spotlight: Thomas Mondello
12/5/2013

Thomas Mondello is a student at Special School District that works in the Vocational Skills Program at Parc Provence, which is a retirement/nursing home. He has been awarded the SSD SOMO Athlete Spotlight award and has been an athlete with the Special Olympics for 3 years.

ssdTommy participates in bowling and his favorite memory of participating in Special Olympics was getting a bowling ball with his name on it. He has also loved training with Coach Don Griffon. Tommy now interacts with many people by greeting them, giving high fives, and trying new things with his coach. He has joined a weekly bowling league and his parents have recently bought him his own shoes. Thomas’s advice for other athletes is to just try it!

Thomas has had an amazing transformation these past years and really enjoys being an athlete for the Special School District Special Olympics!

SSD Athlete Spotlight
2/7/2013

Congratulations to Manny Aihie, a Special Olympics athlete from Parkway North High School, for receiving the spotlight award for February 2013.  Manny was nominated by his teacher/coach Dr. Lisa Sutter.  Manny has been participating in the SSD Special Olympics program for 6 years and he competes in bowling and track and field.  He enjoys participating in the shot put and running the 100M dash during track and field.  Manny's hobbies include swimming, playing baseball, dancing, singing and playing football. When asked what his favorite part of participating in Special Olympics was, he stated "the running part of the Olympics is my favorite".  Manny hopes to become a football player and an artist when he graduates from high school. When asked what advise he would give to other athletes, Manny stated, "exercise, do your best and have FUN".  When thinking about a funny story to tell about himself,  Manny remembered a time when he shaved his head for the Parkway North swim team. He said his mom got a kick out of it and it was alot of fun. Other interesting information about Manny is that he loves to eat at McDonalds and he loves his school and everyone he meets!

Congratulations Manny for being the SSD Spotlight athlete for February 2013

 

 

 

2011-2012 School Year Updates
11/1/2011

The SSD Special Olympics program is off to a strong start for the 2011-2012 school year. Over 150 teachers have renewed their coach's training in order to have their students participate in the program this year and we are proud to announce that we have 25 new teachers accessing the program this year. There are currently 900 athletes that are registered to participate in the Special Olympics program already this year and we expect that number to double in the next month as students participation forms continue to flood in.

Students from Neuwoehner, Southview, Northview, Ackerman and Litzsinger all had athletes who participated in a small softball tournament on September 23 and 24th, 2011 which was held at Catch 22 Miracle Field located in Chesterfield, MO. All athletes had a great time!

On October 7, 2011 Lindbergh High School hosted a Softball Tournament for the SSD Special Olympics program which was held at Affton Athletic Fields. 207 athletes participated in this tournament from 12 different schools. Athletes ranged in age from 6 – 21 and, in skill level, from beginners to advanced. Lindbergh High School students did a wonderful job helping to organize the event and developed lasting memories and friendships with the athletes with whom they were buddied up. As we stood back and watched the event, it was incredible to see the sportsmanship, friendship, and competition that was taking place. At the end of the day all athletes went home with an award ribbon showing their accomplishments for the day. Thanks to Lindbergh High School and their administration for a wonderful day!

Bowling and Bocce

We currently have 1436 athletes registered to participate in our bowling program which is taking place through January 2012. Athletes will bowl two games on their assigned date at one of the following bowling alleys; Brunswick Lakeside Lanes, Show Me Lanes, Tropicana Lanes and Dick Weber Lanes.

Over 400 athletes are participating in Bocce this year at the Italian Bocce Club on the Hill.

Upcoming Events

Soccer Tournament hosted by Parkway Central October 20, 2011, Volleyball Tournament hosted by Ladue High School on November 9, 2011.

For more information on the SSD Special Olympics program or how to become involved in the program, please don’t hesitate to contact our office 314-989-7524.

Kerrie Townsend
SSD Special Olympics Facilitator

4th ANNUAL POLAR PLUNGE RAISES $31,025.62 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI!
3/3/2010
(Maryland Heights) The 4th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 27 at Maryland Heights was a splashing success, raising $31,025.62 to date. A record 277 brave men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into Creve Coeur Park. Their Reason for Freezin’… the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri! 

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Donations can be made at www.somo.org/plunge.

Top individual fundraisers included the following:
1st Place Fundraiser – Karl Herman – Hazelwood West High School - $1,836.56

Other prize categories awarded included the following:
1st Place School To Plunge – Brentwood High School and Hazelwood West High School
1st Place School Fundraiser – Hazelwood West High School

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “golden plunger.”
1st Place Community – Fontboone University and Ice Breakers
2nd Place Community – Clayton Police Department
3rd Place Community – Team Jasper

1st Place Middle School – DuBray Middle School
2nd Place Middle School – Litzsinger 

1st Place High School – Lutheran North Super Seniors and Lorenzoboy
2nd Place High School – Windsor High School
3rd Place High School – McCluer North High School

This year’s event was held in conjunction with Maryland Heights Police Department and Hazelwood Police Department. Presenting sponsors included Special School District of St. Louis County and Shop n’ Save.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit www.somo.org/plunge.

Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental disabilities. More than 15,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with mental disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.

Third Annual Maryland Heights Polar Bear Plunge Raises $23,000
6/5/2009

(Maryland Heights) The 3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge on Feb. 28 at Maryland Heights was a splashing success, raising $23,216.76 to date.  A record 202 brave men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip at Creve Coeur Park. Their Reason for Freezin’… the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri!  

Download the Post Plunge Newsletter here. 

Top individual fundraisers included the following:
1st Place Fundraiser – Jenny Petzoldt- $816.00

Golden Badge
1st Place- Travis Franke Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle School
2nd Place- Travis Franke Nipher Middle School

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year.  Polar Bears are encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “golden plunger.”
1st Place – Hazelwood Jr. Ladies
2nd Place- Blake Ahrens
3rd Place- Brentwood

Community Golden Plungers
1st Place- Fontbonne
2nd Place- St. Louis Adventure Group #2
3rd Place- Joyce McNabb

Middle School Golden Plungers
1st Place- Travis Franke Nipher Middle School
2nd Place- North Kirkwood Middle School
3rd Place- Hoech Middle School

High School Golden Plungers
1st Place- Marquette
2nd Place- Lutheran North High School
3rd Place- McCluer North High School

This year’s event was 1 of 13 Polar Bear Plunges held across Missouri and hosted by local law enforcement agencies.  Our Plunge hosted by the Maryland Heights and Hazelwood Police Departments.
 
For more information about the Polar Bear Plunge, visit www.somo.org/plunge.
Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental disabilities. More than 15,000 athletes participate in 19 Olympic-type sports throughout the state.  Special Olympics provides people with mental disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.