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Lycoming County Special Olympics moving forward

Celebrating the 50th anniversary for Pennsylvania Special Olympics in 2020, little did we expect it to turn out the way it did

Like everyone else, Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers had to face and overcome numerous obstacles. COVID-19 caused us to move from in-person training and competitions, to virtual training, back to face-to-face training and finally back to virtual training. Through all these challenges, everyone involved in Lycoming County Special Olympics stayed the course to make sure the athletes continued to train and prepare for competitions. Athletes, coaches and volunteers stayed engaged and active by participating in Pennsylvania Special Olympics-recommended programs such as Commit to Fit and the Heptathlon. Lycoming County Special Olympics athletes competed in Winter Sports of Cross Country and Snowshoeing, Summer Sport activities and various Fall Sports including Long Distance Running/Walking, Powerlifting, Bocce and Soccer.

Lycoming County Special Olympics is a volunteer-based sports program that must raise all funds needed to provide training and competition opportunities to the athletes and their unified partners. Although COVID-19 caused the cancellation of most of the scheduled fundraising events for this year, continued community financial support and the Virtual Frostbite Race enabled us to reach our budgeted goals. Without your donations and commitment, this would have not been possible. To all of you who supported us by any means, we say, “Thank you.”

Help us make 2021 another great year for Lycoming County Special Olympics by offering us your continued support, signing up as a volunteer and joining the Inclusion Revolution.

BRANDON LONER

Williamsport

Unified partner and volunteer coach, Lycoming County Special Olympics

Submitted via email

Lycoming County Special Olympics moving forward

Celebrating the 50th anniversary for Pennsylvania Special Olympics in 2020, little did we expect it to turn out the way it did

Like everyone else, Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers had to face and overcome numerous obstacles. COVID-19 caused us to move from in-person training and competitions, to virtual training, back to face-to-face training and finally back to virtual training. Through all these challenges, everyone involved in Lycoming County Special Olympics stayed the course to make sure the athletes continued to train and prepare for competitions. Athletes, coaches and volunteers stayed engaged and active by participating in Pennsylvania Special Olympics-recommended programs such as Commit to Fit and the Heptathlon. Lycoming County Special Olympics athletes competed in Winter Sports of Cross Country and Snowshoeing, Summer Sport activities and various Fall Sports including Long Distance Running/Walking, Powerlifting, Bocce and Soccer.

Lycoming County Special Olympics is a volunteer-based sports program that must raise all funds needed to provide training and competition opportunities to the athletes and their unified partners. Although COVID-19 caused the cancellation of most of the scheduled fundraising events for this year, continued community financial support and the Virtual Frostbite Race enabled us to reach our budgeted goals. Without your donations and commitment, this would have not been possible. To all of you who supported us by any means, we say, “Thank you.”

Help us make 2021 another great year for Lycoming County Special Olympics by offering us your continued support, signing up as a volunteer and joining the Inclusion Revolution.

BRANDON LONER

Williamsport

Unified partner and volunteer coach, Lycoming County Special Olympics

Submitted via email

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