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Athlete of the Month - August - Greg Swinney
8/13/2012

A smile and laugh that no one will ever forget is that of Greg Swinney. It was contagious; just as contagious as his passion for Special Olympics. Greg was a very special athlete that will forever be in our memory! Greg was so dedicated to Special Olympics. This was shown by him receiving over 200 medals. He received many awards throughout his 33 years in Special Olympics. In 1998, Greg was named the Missouri Special Olympics Athlete of the Year and the International Special Olympics Inspiration Award. One of the most prestigious honors an athlete can receive was awarded to Greg in 2002 when he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. This was a great accomplishment that Greg was able to share with his coach Vicky Dannenmueller. Greg was a voice for Special Olympics by being a Global Messenger and spreading the word. 

Greg was always one to cheer on his teammates no matter what. Even when Greg was not playing, he went to competitions to keep the spirit alive. Greg has given so much to Special Olympics. He was never afraid to try any sport and he competed with his whole heart. Greg never met a stranger. Everyone was a friend of Greg Swinney. Even if you only had one conversation with Greg, you will never forget that conversation. He was a leader that helped other athletes’ progress and get better at their sport. Greg Swinney will be remembered by all those that knew him and his spirit will remain with Special Olympics forever!

Crossing life's finish line, forever a gold medalist!

Greg Swinney

Southeast Area Athlete of the Month - June - Scott Wright
6/13/2012

Scott has been involved in Special Olympics for over thirteen years.  He became involved in the program shortly after his father passed away in a tragic automobile accident.  Scott then threw himself into the program soon after and got involved in almost every sport that is offered.  Scott has become one of our areas most consistent multi sport athletes. 

Scott had a very successful 2010. Scott played on Team Missouri for the Southeast Storm Unified Softball Team.  Scott plays infield for the storm and was a consistent batter for the team.  Along with his softball skills, Scott competes in track and field, bowling, soccer, and basketball. 

Overall Scott Wright is one of the best multi sport athletes in the Southeast Area.  He is a hard worker who very rarely misses practice.  He is a team leader among all of his teammates.  Scott has continued desire to perform well for his coaches and his fellow teammates.  Scott is a very kind hearted person he has given as much to the program as the program has given to him.  He is always willing to help in any way that he can.  His kind attitude becomes reflected in everyone he comes in contact with.  Scott is very giving to all of his team members and is a team mentor, helping in anyway he can.

 

Southeast Area Athlete of the Month - May - Brianne Chavez
5/3/2012

    We are proud to honor Brianne Chavez, our Outstanding Athlete for 2011.  At five feet, three inches, quiet, with blue eyes, jeans, a t-shirt, a ball cap, and a pony tail swishing side-to-side, you might think she’s an ordinary young woman.  You would be wrong, of course!  Behind Brianne’s sometimes shy exterior is the heart of an athlete.  She has participated in Special Olympics Missouri sports since graduating high school in 2005, playing softball, basketball, soccer, track and field, and powerlifting.  Softball, though, is truly the love of her life.  Her enormous dedication to training and competing earned her a spot on Team Missouri’s National Games Unified Team in 2010 and 2011.  Brianne was our Southeast Area Outstanding Athlete once before in 2008, the year that she discovered power lifting and went on to set National and World records for the Special Olympics women’s division in the 148 lb. and 165 lb. classes.  She never got tired of competing, though, and she has continued to challenge herself in other sports.  Although she is an avid fan of softball, powerlifting, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Green Bay Packers, there’s nothing Brianne loves more than spending time with her family.  It’s her positive attitude and work ethic that really set Brianne apart.  It probably goes back to something she once said at practice: "Play like a girl and win!"

 

5th Annual Polar Plunge - Cape Girardeau
1/4/2011

COME OUT AND JOIN US!!!

Think you can party like a Plunge star at the most “chillin” party this winter?

We are breaking ice at Lake Boutin in Cape Girardeau so join the celebration as the cold weather brings in the 2011 Polar Plunge. Thousands of people, young and old, will be break out their “coolest” duds to take a refreshing dip and even have a chance in win some blinged out prizes. Plunge stars are freezin’ for reason –all money from this event mak...es it possible for thousands of Special Olympic athletes to train and compete year-round.

Don’t be left out in the cold – Register to take the Plunge today!
To register and for more information go to http://somo.org/capeplunge

 

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES *NEW*
1/4/2011

UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE SOUTHEAST AREA

Saturday, January 29th, 2011 Area Basketball Tournament, Cape Girardeau

  • Games will be played at the Osage Communty Centre and the Arena Building
  • Volunteers needed to scorekeep, time, and other various duties.

Sunday, February 20, 2011 District Basketball Tournament, Cape Girardeau

  • 93 teams from across the state will be competing.
  • Games will be played at the Osage Communty Centre, Arena Building, and SEMO Student Recreation Center.
  • Volunteers needed to scorekeep, time, and other various duties.

Saturday, April 2, 2011 Area Spring Games, Cape Girardeau    

  • Held at SEMO Student Recreation Center.
  • Volunteers needed for Track & Field Meet and Olympic Town.

 

 

4th ANNUAL POLAR PLUNGE RAISES $39,565 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI!
2/10/2010

(Cape Girardeau) The 4th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 6 in Cape Girardeau was a splashing success, raising $39,565 to date. A record 224 brave men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into Lake Boutin. 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 – Matt Tanksley - $5,185

Top Recruiter:
1st Place – Chris Adkinson – 20 Plungers

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.”
Team Golden Plunger Award: Superhero’s Wearing Plungers On Their Heads
Individual Golden Plunger: Spelling Bee Champ 

This year’s event was held in conjunction with Cape Girardeau Police and Fire Department. Presenting sponsors included KZMI, Real Rock, Kiwanis Club, Culvers, Pyramid Home Health Services, KFVS12, American Family – Laurel and Chris Adkinson, State Community Bank, and Trail of Tears State Park.

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 Cape Girardeau Polar Bear Plunge Raises $32,000
6/5/2009

(Cape Girardeau) The 3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge on Feb. 7 at Cape Girardeau was a splashing success, raising $32,626 to date.  A record 140 brave men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into Lake Boutin.  Their Reason for Freezin’… the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri!  

Click here to download the Post Plunge Newsletter.

Online fundraising is still ongoing.  Organizers of the plunge still hope to raise additional donations for Special Olympics Missouri. Donations can be made at www.somo.org/plunge.
 
Top individual fundraisers included the following:
1st Place Fundraiser – Matt Tanksley- $10,050

Top recruiter:
Chris Adkisson- 20 people recruited

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 – Buckners Brewing Company, Pirates

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 Cape Girardeau Police Department.  Presenting sponsors included Trail of Tears State Park, the Department of Natural Resources and Laurel and Chris Adkisson of American Family Insurance.
 
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.

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