2017 Winter Games and Informational Newsletter

This coming weekend, March 4 and 5, 2017 Special Olympics will be holding the 2017 Winter Special Olympics Games. Below you will find a newsletter with schedules and information for the entire weekend.

We would like to wish all of our athletes, partners and coaches “Good Luck” this weekend and we hope everyone has a FUN time!

We also have information regarding our Spring Sports training schedule and other general information.

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2017 ION Bank Community Awards Program

The 8th Annual Community Awards Program can help your favorite non-profit earn grant money. The Community Awards Program allows each Ion Bank customer to vote for their favorite non-profit organization to help the Ion Bank Foundation give away $60,000.

New this year – Ion Bank Foundation will donate a minimum amount of $25 to each non-profit organization for every vote received up to $60,000. In previous years, non-profits would need to receive a minimum 1% of total votes to earn any money but we’ve changed the program to allow a reward for every vote!

Voting will take place from February 1 through March 31, 2017. You must be an Ion Bank customer to vote. One vote per customer, however, for accounts with multiple owners, each owner may vote. Customers with multiple accounts may only vote once. Each customer can vote for only one organization. Please vote for Oxford Special Olympics as your favorite non-profit organization.

We are very excited about this giving program and hope you will partner with the Ion Bank Foundation to help us, help local non-profit organizations in our community.


Voting has begun for the 8th Annual Community Awards Program so please help us earn grant money! Ion Bank Foundation will donate a minimum amount of $25 to each non-profit organization for every vote1 received up to $60,000.

Every vote counts! If you are an Ion Bank customer, please visit ionbank.com or an Ion Bank branch to vote until March 31, 2017.

1 Voting is open to all Ion Bank customers. One vote per customer, however, for accounts with multiple owners, each owner may vote. Customers with multiple accounts may only vote once. Each customer can vote for only one organization.

2016 Holiday Party

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2016 Holiday Party at Colonial Tavern – Friday December 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm

We have created an online signup form for our holiday party – Please fill out the form for EACH PERSON that will be attending the Oxford Special Olympics Holiday Party.
In years past we have had pizza parties to celebrate our accomplishments, but this year we have decided to have the event catered.
There will be no charge to attend, but it will cost Oxford approximately $30 per person.
Please consider your sign up as a commitment to attend, as we will be responsible for the cost regardless.

http://bit.ly/2016OSOHolidayParty

Please click the link above and signup by December 2, 2016 (we have to give the caterers a head count)

Due to the cost of this party we will be limiting attendance to ACTIVE members of Oxford Special Olympics and their families. That means you must have trained or competed or volunteered with OSO within the past year.


2017 Winter Sports Signup

Just a reminder that you need to register for winter sports training (if you have already completed the form, you don’t have to do it again)

Practices will be starting in January – please check our calendar of events for locations, dates and times (www.OxfordSO.org)

Please select the sport you will be training/competing in from the links below:

1)      Alpine -> http://bit.ly/2017AlpineRegistration (This form NEEDS to be filled out by November 27th – no late entries, please)

2)      Snowshoe/X Country -> http://bit.ly/2017SnowshoeXCountry


OSO Bowling Signup

Just 1 week left to signup for bowling.

We REALLY need to know how many we will be having, so Partners and Volunteers please sign up also.

We have to know how many lanes we will need, so if you don’t sign up, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO BOWL the first night. It’s VERY important that we know how many bowlers and partners we will have.

If you have already signed up, you don’t need to do it again, but if you haven’t, please do so.

We will bowl every Tuesday starting September, 27, 2016 at 6:15 pm until November 15, 2016 at Wallingford Bowl, 980 N Colony Road, Wallingford, CT 

Thank You for understanding!

Please click the link to signup for bowling: 

http://bit.ly/OSO2016Bowling 

Check out our Calendar of Events for more info…


Brave in the Attempt

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Let me win,
But if I cannot win,
Let me be brave in the attempt.

“Let me be brave in the attempt.” What does that really mean? Well, Oxford athlete Matt Beland gave us a demonstration at the 2016 SOCT Summer Games.

Matt was registered for the 15K race on Sunday. 15 Kilometers. That’s 9 ⅓ miles. Matt had been training for the prior 10 weeks under the direction of his coaches, with help from his dad and support from his mom and brothers. He was ready. The race consisted of 24 (!) laps on the course laid out in the parking lot at Southern Connecticut State University. Matt entered the last lap hot on the tail of the athlete in the lead, with the rest of the field more than a lap behind.

Matt was drafting, a standard racing technique where you gain an aerodynamic advantage by riding close behind a competitor. His legs must have felt like rubber as he entered the turn, the Finish Line now within sight. Directly ahead was his cheering section, which included his teammates, coaches, parents and teacher. Matt made his move to pass when suddenly their tires touched and both athletes were thrown from their bicycles.

The crowd gasped in shock as Matt rolled and bounced in front of them. Emergency Room nurse (and Oxford Local Coordinator) Mo Blees ran to his aid. As Mo examined Matt, Coaches Ken and Allen quickly evaluated his bicycle – getting the chain back on the gears, unlocking the brakes, straightening the handlebars and most importantly, straightening out his twisted rim. Matt was scraped and bruised, but fortunately not badly injured.

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At this point most people would have called it a day. Matt, amazingly, wanted to continue. Both his coach and the official told Matt he could walk his bicycle across the Finish Line. The look on Matt’s face said that wouldn’t cut it – he was there to ride! His coach warned him that the bike would be very wobbly, so take it easy. Matt didn’t. He hoisted his battered body back onto his battered bicycle and completed the course, finishing in Second Place. But we don’t care about that; we are impressed that he even got back on that bicycle.

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Matt faced a challenge. He prepared for that challenge. He ran into a major obstacle. He rose above that obstacle. Matt was truly BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT.
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And now he has quite a story to tell.

Thank you to Sean Morley, Allen Aldrich, Ken Maciecki and Mo Blees for contributing to this.