Bowling Coaches Clinic is Oct. 26
posted Fri, Oct 17, 2014 by Jon Buzby
The 2014 Bowling Coaches Clinic is Sunday, Oct. 26 at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown.
The 2014 Bowling Coaches Clinic is Sunday, Oct. 26 at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown.
GEORGETOWN -- The All-Star Gym on the campus of the Stockley Center lived up to its name Wednesday when 86 adult Special Olympics athletes from around Sussex County gathered to take part in the first-ever multi-center Motor Activity Training Program Challenge Day.
Three centers from the Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities -- First State Senior Center, Georgetown Center and Woodside Center -- joined athletes from the host center in a day of activities focused on individual achievement, with each athlete awarded a challenge medal for their accomplishments.
"An event like this is a great way for not only the athletes, but their coaches and therapists from various centers to see the great outcomes that can be achieved through hard work, perserverance, and consistent training," said Brenda Zullo, SODE director of athlete development. "Now that we've conducted one, we are confident there will be an event like this every year and hope that even more centers can attend this event and that we can extend this same type of opportunity to the other two counties in Delaware."
Following an opening ceremony, the morning session highlighted athletes showing off their skills in horseshoes, while the afternoon activities focused on shuffleboard techniques. During the two months of practice leading up to the Challenge Day, coaches and therapists worked on the athletes' dexterity, hand-eye coordination, range of motion, and social skills.
"The skills demonstrated are important because they not only were used today, but will be used in other activities and everyday life situations," Zullo explained.
The athletes participated at one of four levels: total assistance, partial assistance, verbal only assistance, or completely independent. It wasn't the level that was stressed, but rather the achievement. In between they had the opportunity to visit an Olympic Village with activities geared for all ability levels and interests.
"That's what makes the motor activity training program great," Zullo added. "Any athlete of any ability can participate."
Among the flurry of activity during the annual Fall Festival will be dozens of preschoolers running, skipping and hopping around the outfield of the UD softball field.
That's where children ages 2 - 4 will be taking part in the first ever Young Athletes event held at the Fall Festival.
"It's an exciting addition to the Fall Festival," senior director of sports Gary Cimaglia said of the Nov. 8 event, sponsored by Chase. "It's not only a great way for families to see their kids perform the skills they've been practicing the past few months, but an opportunity for them to see firsthand what's in store for their child in the future in the sports of bocce, volleyball, soccer and flag football."
The Young Athletes activity is at 11 a.m. and will include 10 stations that involve motor- and movement-based skill activities.
In addition, several Young Athletes (in grade kindergarten through age 7) will take part in the soccer skills competition that takes place at the soccer venue Saturday morning.
NOTE: Special Olympics is looking for Young Athletes program coordinators for the winter season (January/February/March) leading up to the State Basketball Tournament. Programs are planned for preschoolers and basketball skills. If interested contact your Area Director.
Congratulations to Lindsey Eichner for being selected as the Delaware Association of Physical Education, Health, Recreation and Dance Teacher of the Year.
Lindsey is an adaptive physical education teacher and co-director of the Special Olympics program at Kent County Community School in the Capital School District.
She is the Families Director and co-director of the Young Athletes program for the Kent Wild Kats.
This past summer, Lindsey served on the coaching staff of Team Delaware at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.
Marie McIntosh, who will be inducted into the Special Olympics Delaware Hall of Fame, was featured on the WBOC news.
David Hill has spent a large part of his adult life in the weight room lifting weights.
Really heavy weights. His personal bests include squatting 640 pounds, bench pressing 400, and deadlifting 575.
The results are usually golden. As in medals. Dozens of them.
“Powerlifting keeps me fit,” David, 30, said. “It makes me want to do my best, and I am good at it.”
David is so good at it that he recently returned from the USA Games decorated in four gold medals. That’s four gold medals in four events. A perfect score.
“The USA Games is the single toughest event because the flight size is small and you have only 15 minutes between lifts,” Team Delaware powerlifting coach Hank Stoklosa explained. “And the judging is the strictest you see. Being able to lift under those conditions tells you how tough of a lifter he is.”
David’s all-around accomplishments in Special Olympics for nearly a decade have earned him the 2014 Outstanding Athlete award.
"It feels great to win,” David said when learning of the award.
In addition to powerlifting, David has added tennis, basketball, flag football, volleyball and bowling to his repertoire, helping the young man develop not just physically, but socially.
“I like hanging out with my friends at practices,” he shared.
That outgoing social side of David didn’t exist when he first got involved in 2006.
David was born with Landau Kleffner-Syndrome (LKS), a rare neurological syndrome characterized by a gradual onset of the inability to understand and express language. This caused him to be developmentally delayed and therefore unable to participate in traditional community or school sports programs. That is until his mother found Special Olympics.
“Special Olympics gave him the opportunity to develop his strongest attribute -- his athletic ability. But he didn’t come out of his social shell until he took the Communicate with Confidence training,” Corrine Pearson explained. “Participating in Special Olympics has helped David overcome the frustration that can come with a disability. His quality of life has improved because the gap between him and his ‘normal’ peers is no longer an obstacle. His evaluation score at his job at Home Depot has improved in customer service because he is no longer afraid to approach people and offer his assistance thanks to the Communicate with Confidence training.”
It was that training that helped David to not only develop social and speaking skills, but gave him the confidence to share his story to countless audiences of all sizes. And when he speaks, he talks about all the reasons Special Olympics has changed his life.
“I like to make new friends, doing things with old friends, playing different sports,” he said. “Other competitors show respect like saying congratulations and nice work.
“And when I lift I don't feel disabled,” he added.
Marie McIntosh has volunteered for Special Olympics Delaware for nearly four decades.
She serves as a head and assistant coach in multiple sports, helps organize and volunteers at many events, has helped develop new sports, and most recently coached at the USA Games.
She’s a veteran polar bear and can always be seen in the kitchen at Camp Barnes during summer camp.
For her countless volunteer hours and immeasurable impact on the athletes’ lives, Marie is being inducted into the Special Olympics Delaware Hall of Fame.
“I feel so honored to be selected,” Marie shared. “It truly is nothing I ever thought about receiving.”
Marie’s involvement began in 1976 when, as the varsity girls swim coach at Newark High School, she decided to host a meet for Special Olympics athletes. She contacted the state office, recruited some swimmers to participate, and the rest is history.
“It was a great event,” Marie, now a retired special education teacher and coordinator, recalled. “And that is how my involvement began.”
From there Marie started coaching swimming for the Special Olympics Thunderbears program and also took on the role of organizing the Special Olympics swim meets.
When another volunteer offered to take over the swim team, Marie and some friends decided to help grow the tennis program in the Newark area, opening up practices to anyone who wanted to participate, regardless of team affiliation. She didn’t stop there.
“I summered in Bethany and decided we could also do tennis down there,” she explained.
What started out in Bethany Beach as one sport with a few athletes has since grown into a well-rounded sports program.
“When I moved permanently to Bethany, we added swimming, then bowling, cycling, bocce and golf,” Marie said proudly.
Marie remains the tennis head coach and assists with other sports. In addition, she still helps organize the tennis venue at Summer Games and is always willing to pitch in whenever needed.
Like many Special Olympics volunteers, she has trouble pointing to just one fondest memory.
“I have many memorable moments, but watching Glenn (Jones) and Erin (Bailey) win gold in doubles and silver in singles at the USA Games was one of my best moments,” Marie said.
And like other volunteers, sometimes those memorable moments have nothing to do with medals.
“A recent great moment was the smile on Robert Smith's face when he received a new bicycle,” she said. “It has taken a while for Robert to share his feelings, but in the last year, he takes the time to talk with coaches. It is just neat to see that interaction from him.”
Marie is all smiles when she thinks about the countless hours over the years she has put in volunteering with Special Olympics.
“I simply can't imagine my life without the athletes,” she said. “As I continue with Special Olympics I have watched some of these athletes grow up over the years. I love going to Summer Games and seeing the athletes I was involved with years ago. It is like old home week for me.
“What has to be remembered is why we are there,” she added about her many years of service. “For me, it is not only about the athletes, but also about their parents and the community volunteers who embrace us.”
At this year’s Night of Heroes event, the Special Olympics Delaware movement will embrace Marie as the 25th member of the Special Olympics Delaware Hall of Fame.
The annual Night of Heroes celebrates the significant contributions of people and organizations both from the past year and over a longer period of time.
On Wednesday, Oct. 8, 15 honorees will be recognized at the event, sponsored by Dow and held at the Executive Banquet & Conference Center in Newark. The program begins at 6 p.m. followed by a reception at 7:30.
Featured award presenters include Special Olympics athletes Sasha Hudson, Jillian Mathews, Phil Saxon and Jonathan Touchet.
2014 Outstanding Award winners:
Hall of Fame: Marie McIntosh (read story)
Athlete: David Hill, Newark Dragons (read story)
Coach: Heather Kennedy, Wilmington Wizards
Volunteer: Joe Wood, Kent Wild Kats
Youth Leader: Jackie King, Appoquinimink High School
Unified Partner: Jody Wagner, MOT Tigers
Business: Hockessin Athletic Club
Program: Middletown High School (Matt Engelman, Erin Trzcinski)
Family: The Bates Family, MOT Tigers
Media: Glenn Rolfe, Sussex Post
Corporation: Fed Ex Ground
President's Award: Bill McDonald and George Forbes
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sharon Reusch
The University of Delaware is hosting a soccer clinic for players and Unified partners on Saturday, August 30 from 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The clinic will be held behind Delaware Stadium on the soccer practice fields.
Please park behind the Bob Carpenter Center.
FRANKFORD — As the sun peeked over Miller’s Creek on Monday morning at Camp Barnes, Special Olympics campers and counselors slowly trickled out from their cabins for the morning Hammer Walk as the tradition wake-up music blared across the complex.
The purpose of the 1 1/2-mile trek is to get people out of bed and moving prior to breakfast.
“And of course to get some exercise,” said Mark “Hammer” Wise, an SODE staff member for whom the walk is aptly named.
However, for veteran camper Zach Simpler, the daily morning walk served a much greater purpose at the 14th annual summer camp. And because of that, Zach arrived at camp with a new plan for the morning walk.
“I plan to follow my dad’s directions, so I’m going to run it,” the 15-year-old explained.
Zach’s strategy wasn’t to improve his chances of getting back to the cafeteria first to be at the head of the breakfast line. His plan had a much deeper meaning.
On Tuesday at the completion of the three-day, two-night camp, while others head home for rest and relaxation, Zach is going straight to Cape Henlopen High School to join his cross-country running teammates at practice.
“I’m looking forward to running with them,” Zach said grinning.
The idea for Zach to run for Cape Henlopen came about last fall when Vikings coach George Pepper saw him finish a race while running for Beacon Middle School. Pepper told the then-eighth grader that if we worked hard over the summer, he could come out for the high school team.
“Cross-country will be good for Zach as he will have a core of people that he knows from practice as he starts the school year,” Pepper said. “The team has been accepting of people with special needs in the past and this year’s student-athletes will do the same. It should be a great fall for the entire group.”
Zach typically trains by running between one and two miles a day.
“It depends on how my attitude is,” he said smiling. “Just finishing actually makes me feel very satisfied."
That includes during the Hammer Walk. But little did Zach know that he was going to get a special treat Monday morning.
“I’m going to go out for a run myself and then come back and get Zach before the rest of us walk,” Wise said Sunday afternoon as he watched his newest protégé participate in the Unified Field Day.
Zach was pleasantly surprised to get the individual attention from Wise, an accomplished triathlete. The two took off on an early run while the rest of the campers were still fast asleep.
“We just stayed quiet,” Zach said as he removed his earbuds following the 1.6-mile run. “I like the quiet of running.”
When Zach wasn’t running at camp, he was enjoying other activities along with the 53 campers and more than 30 counselors, many of them high school students from Project UNIFY, in attendance for the summer’s second session. Activities included kayaking, crafts, archery, sports games, swimming, a camp fire, and a ride on the pontoon boat.
“My favorite camp activity is archery,” Zach shared. “I did really well last summer and can’t wait to shoot with the bow and arrow again this year.”
The camp was an opportunity to celebrate EKS Day, a global tribute to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The Unified events offered throughout camp reinforcew the spirit of Mrs. Shriver’s global challenge for everyone to “Play Unified, Speak Unified, and Live Unified.”
And for Zach, it was an opportunity to continue training for his upcoming high school season.
“I like the life lessons that [running] gives you like taking your time and going at as casual of a pace as you want,” Zach said.
Story in the Newark Post about local student-athletes and their experience at Special Olympics Summer Camp at Camp Barnes.
On August 14, Hockessin Athletic Club presented a check for $10,400 to Special Olympics Delaware. It marked the eighth consecutive year that the club has raised money through activities surrounding the summer camp.
The donation comes from numerous sources, including sales from the HAC Shack commissary stand, and ticket sales from the annual camp social, held last week at HAC’s outdoor pool. HAC also raises funds through donations to a raffle and silent auction, which included 80 items from across the state.
In total, HAC has donated more than $37,000 to Special Olympics.
FRANKFORD -- More than 50 Special Olympics Delaware athletes representing all five Area programs attended the first summer session of the 14th annual Special Olympics Delaware Summer Camp at Camp Barnes on August 9-11.
Campers were joined by more than 30 Project UNIFY volunteers representing a variety of high schools and several year-round SODE volunteers at the three-day, two-night camp. In addition, 34 high school student-athletes attending the annual Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Student Leadership Conference in nearby Lewes joined the Unified Field Day on Saturday.
“It’s just amazing because it shows me that even though they have disabilities they still can do what we do,” Christiana High School rising senior Nicole DeAngelis said. “Us being here pushes them to do even better. It’s just been a great experience.”
As a female competing in the male-dominated sport of wrestling, DeAngelis could easily relate to the harm of stereotypes.
“I’ve heard stereotypes from my own teammates, opponents, different coaches, and refs, and it’s really hard,” DeAngelis shared. “But seeing these [Special Olympics] athletes, it’s easier for me to connect with them and see where they are coming from. I know that just like me, they can do whatever they put their mind to.”
Sunday's activities included kayaking, archery, popular backyard games, crafts, swimming, and a pontoon boat ride compliments of North Bay Marina. And of course, the traditional camp dance.
"I know the dance is a favorite activity for many," longtime cabin leader Joe Tacconelli said. "I know it's my favorite part of camp."
Here's what the campers and counselors had to say when asked about their favorite part of camp:
Meeting the motorcylce guys and getting to see old Special Olympics friends again. -- Jonathan Touchette, Wilmington Wizards
I like everything about it. -- Patricia Pecora, Kent Wild Kats
Getting to see the athletes have fun and do all the different activities. The boat ride is really fun, too. -- Jessica Platt, Project UNIFY volunteer
Hanging out with friends and I can't wait for the dance tonight. -- Laura Scott, MOT Tigers
Doing the walking and all the other sports. -- Brynn MacBride, Newark Dragons
Swimming. -- Jessica Bird, Sussex Riptide
Helping everyone out. -- Jake Cain, Project UNIFY volunteer
The food and the activities. -- Elerece Thomas, Kent Wild Kats
Being with friends and having a good time. -- Erin Bailey, Wilmington Wizards
The morning walk. -- Marissa Hammond, Newark Dragons
Seeing all the campers. -- Karen Cimaglia, Project UNIFY volunteer
I'm happy when I am here. -- David Dube, Sussex Riptide
The people because everybody is so friendly and everyone just wants to help our athletes have a good time. -- Alison Kahn, Project UNIFY volunteer
Everything. I like the food here and seeing friends and counselors. Just having fun. -- Tyler Kennedy, Wilmington Wizards
It was a life-changing experience. -- Jackie Corenjo, Glasgow High School/DIAA Student Leadership Conference
Seeing all the campers. -- Hannah Griffiths, Project UNIFY volunteer
Kayaking. -- Allie Woodard, Project UNIFY volunteer
Basketball. -- Jeremy Eglit, Sussex Riptide
The dance. -- Carley Schiavoni, Project UNIFY volunteer
Swimming. -- Jordan Little, Kent Wild Kats
Hanging out with the athletes and getting to know them and bonding and getting to know their stories. -- Corrin Rogers, Project UNIFY volunteer
Spending the time with the athletes. We only get to see them a couple times a year so having them around all the time for a weekend is really cool. -- Logan Worsh, Project UNIFY volunteer
Salads and doing the Hammer Walking for three loops. -- Michael Bowe, Sussex Riptide
Watching the campers enjoy being around each other. -- Dave Manwiller, Cabin Leader/Kent Area Director
NOTE: Additional photos will be posted soon, along with the camp video. ... The second session of Summer Camp at Camp Barnes is August 17-19.
Coaches Clinic for the sports of Long-Distance Running, Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer are being held Thursday, August 21 from 6-9pm at Goldey-Beacom College.
This is a great opportunity for coaches to come learn how to teach fundamental skills, team concepts and practice organization. The coaches at Goldey-Beacom are excited to conduct these clinics and we hope to get great attendance. Coaches will leave receive materials and resources to help provide the athletes with the tools to be successful in the sport AND these clinics serve as a fulfillment of the Sport Specific Coach Training requirement to become a certified coach in Special Olympics.
Please register by August 1. More information
Graduates from Communicate with Confidence (CwC) are invited to attend monthly refresher classes in each county from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm. on the following dates:
Mondays – Community Room, Dover Police Dept.: July 21, Aug 25, Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 10, Dec 15, Jan 12.
Wednesdays - SODE office, Newark: July 23, Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct, 22, Nov 12, Dec, 17, Jan 14.
Thursdays – Stockley Center room A1178, Georgetown: July 24, Aug 28, Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 13, Dec 18, Jan 15.
Read Kevin Tresolini's article in The News Journal about how one Delaware high school student helped start a tradition at her school.
NEWARK –– Kenny Jones surfaced with an exhausted sigh of relief after tapping the touchpad in the pool at the finish of the 200-yard freestyle finals.
But as tired as he was, Jones was all smiles knowing he had just won another gold medal at the 2014 Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games.
“I feel great,” he exulted after finishing his final race of the weekend.
And he should. Jones’ 200-yard victory was his second medal of the weekend, his first coming on Friday in the 400-yard race.
Yet despite the smiles and relief, the longtime Special Olympics competitor knows he has to quickly, and seriously, turn his attention to his next big race -- a longer, tougher swim coming up in just over a week. And not just any swim, but one that precedes a long run, and an even longer bike ride. Each event right after the other.
Participating in triathlons is nothing new to Jones, who completed his first one more than a decade ago at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware.
“I was already running and swimming, so my coach, Len Leshem, said, ‘Why don’t you just add cycling?’” Jones explained of how he got started.
Next week Jones will compete in a sprint triathlon in Princeton, New Jersey, against the top Special Olympics triathletes from around the country. And when the starting gun goes off on the shoreline of Lake Mercer at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, history will be made as it will mark the first time a sprint triathlon has ever been contested at a National or World Special Olympics Games.
“It is exciting to be part of the first one ever,” Jones said of the 250-meter swim, 10k ride and 5k run that takes place at 2,500-acre Mercer County Park.
Jones has been training vigorously for the past three months, biking and running five times a week and swimming at least three. His training session the Sunday before Summer Games consisted of a four-mile run, 10k bike ride, one-hour spin class, and culminated with a 20-lap swim. Jones credits his intense training for the triathlon as the main reason he succeeded in the Rawstrom Natatorium during the Summer Games.
“I knew I had trained harder in the months leading up to Summer Games than ever before,” he said.
Jones was one of more than 800 athletes and Unified partners (peers without disabilities) who competed in six sports – aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis, and track and field – at the annual Summer Games, held June 6-7 at UD and Handloff Park (softball). More than 1,000 volunteers turned out to help out at the event, which is sponsored by DuPont.
“It’s amazing how many familiar faces we see year after year,” said a smiling Ann Grunert, executive director of SODE. “Each volunteer comes with a determination to help make this year’s Games the best yet, and leaves telling us they got a lot more out of the experience than they could ever give.
“And, that they’ll be back next year,” she added.
The volunteers provided help at the sports venues and other fun activities that took place during the games. Olympic Village on Friday, followed by a gala Opening Ceremony and dance later in the evening kept everyone moving, despite an exhausting day of competition.
“They love the music and dancing,” one of the many parents in attendance commented. “It’s amazing how much energy they have when they come to these Games. It’s the highlight of the year for most of them.”
Jones hopes to add another highlight to his year when he heads to the USA Games next Saturday with 67 other athletes and Unified partners who will represent Team Delaware. More than 3,500 athletes and 70,000 friends, families and spectators are expected to attend. And just like those attending the Summer Games here locally, the highlights will include much more than just the competition.
“I am looking to catch up with an old friend I met in Greece,” Jones commented about a fellow cyclist he competed against at the 2011 Special Olympics World Games. “We’ve kept in touch through Facebook, but I can’t wait to see him in person and compete against him again.”
As for the triathlon itself?
“I just want to finish,” Jones said grinning.