Unified Sports


Cinco de Mayo Scavenger Hunt Hike with OSO Fitness Club

Buenos Nachos everyone!

You are all invited to a Cinco de Mayo Scavenger Hunt Hike with the Oxford Special Olympics Unified Sports Fitness Club!
Join us on Saturday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m.
Fitzgerald Track Trails in Woodbridge –  (Address of parking lot: near 134 Beecher Rd, Woodbridge, CT 06525, off of Center Rd / Rt. 114)
This trail is easy to navigate with benches to take a break.
We will walk, hunt for clues, and maybe win some prizes. It will be muy caliente!

Hope to see you there!
Your host, Mary Beth Morley
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Sean Morley
Volunteer Communications Coordinator – Oxford Special Olympics

OSO Pizza Party to celebrate the Winter Games 2018

We will be having a Pizza Party on Friday March 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm to celebrate all of our athletes, partners and volunteers who were part of the training and competition for the winter games. 

Riverside Firehouse, 151 Coppermine Road, Oxford, CT 06478

Get any pictures to Larry ASAP so he can include them in the video.

Would you like to bring a snack or dessert to share? 

Please RSVP to Mo at MomBlees@OxfordSO.org 

RETURN YOUR UNIFORMS!

If you cannot make the party, please contact Mo about returning any equipment and uniform jackets. (The jackets need to be returned, they are not to be kept)


2018 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 18 and our first week of swim practice is after that date.

http://bit.ly/2018OSOSummerSports

It is very important to register, so that we know how many coaches/volunteers we will need.

The last day to register for competition will be Friday April 6, 2018, so please fill this form out as soon as you get it. You should receive an email confirmation after you submit the form.

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 Swimming – both Developmental and Advanced. Competition will be at the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games on June 8-10, 2018.

You may train in ALL of the sports, but must select only 1 for competition, since the competition will be held simultaneously on the same weekend. If you sign up for competition, then you are expected to attend all of the practices for that sport. If you have too many unexcused absences, then you will be scratched from competition.

All of the pertinent information is included on the form, so please READ IT CAREFULLY.

Special Olympics CT will be offering a cycling coaches training class next week:

Quinnipiac University – North Haven Campus 370 Bassett Rd, North Haven, CT 06473

Cycling Coaches Training following the Summer Games Meeting from 12- 2:30 PM. Please be prepared to bring your bicycle and helmet! Click the link to register by Wednesday, March 14th.

http://soct.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/G9UJOOT93X2MA2F9

Please let us know if you are planning on registering for this class.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Larry.


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


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.