Oxford Fit 5

Oxford Special Olympics is excited to announce our participation in the brand new Special Olympics initiative, Fit 5.

Special Olympics International continues to innovate in its drive to improve the fitness, health, and overall wellness of its athletes. Special Olympics Connecticut has been on the forefront, most recently with the Unified Fitness Club, in which Oxford actively participates. Fit 5 is the next step – a multi-week program designed to educate our athletes on how fitness, nutrition and hydration impact their athletic performance and overall wellness. The goal is to provide them with the tools and motivation to make healthier lifestyle choices. Fit 5 focuses on three main wellness areas: physical activity, nutrition, and hydration. Goals for athletes include exercising 5 days per week, eating 5 fruits/vegetables per day and drinking 5 bottles of water per day. Athletes will also set their own goals that they see as achievable.

So what does this mean for Oxford? We will be starting a Fit 5 program, meeting Friday evenings at Oxford Center School, starting April 21 running through June 2. Each week we will cover practical information on fitness and nutrition, share our experiences, and participate in some fun activities. Maybe a walk – maybe a Zumba class. Participants will be asked to track how many days each week they exercise, how many servings of fruit and vegetables, and how many bottles of water they have each day. On the first and last session we will measure height, weight, waist size, and resting heart rate.

Interested? Partners and family are encouraged to sign up and participate as well. You can come for the activities and information even if you are not tracking. Please sign up at the link below so we know how many to expect. And don’t miss the first session on April 21st. Contact us if you have any questions.

Sign-up link: https://goo.gl/forms/eUJLHmYEeijaTg9E3

Sean Morley
Volunteer Communications Coordinator – Oxford Special Olympics


2017 Spring/Summer sports signup

If you will be participating in spring/summer training or competition, you will need to fill out the online signup sheet below.It is EXTREMELY important that you sign up if you plan on competing, since our registration is due on April 12 and our first week of practice is that same week.

http://bit.ly/2017OSOSummerSports

Only those that sign up for COMPETITION will be registered for the summer games.
It costs Oxford Special Olympics money for every athlete and partner that is registered for competition, so if you register for COMPETITION and don’t show, or change your mind, then we will be out that money, which isn’t fair to anyone.

Sports: Cycling / Swimming / Track & Field

Oxford Special Olympics will be training in three sports this Spring – Cycling, Track and Field, and Aquatics (Swimming – both Developmental and Advanced). Competition will be at the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games on June 9-11, 2017.

Training

You can train in any or all sports, but can only COMPETE in 1, since the competitions are at the same time. Practice is typically once per week, starting in early April. If you sign up to compete, you will be expected to come to all of the practices. (If you have too many unexcused absences, you will be scratched from competition)

Competition – SOCT Summer Games (PLEASE READ)

June 9-11 at SCSU (Southern CT State University in New Haven);

You can only COMPETE in 1 sport since the competitions are the same weekend. Developmental Aquatics Time Trials – Saturday May 20, 2017;

Cycling Time Trials – May 21, 2017;

Advanced Aquatics and Track Time Trials – May 13, 2017;

**** You MUST attend Time Trials for your sport to compete in the Summer Games ****

Athlete/Partner forms:

If you have previously trained/competed with us, then we have your forms on file. If you are NEW to Oxford Special Olympics, you cannot start training with us until we have valid forms on file. If you need forms, they are available on our website: http://oxfordso.org/index.php/special-olympics-forms/


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.

2017 February OSO NewsletterB

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