Sports Season Reorganization

Dear Special Olympics Vermont Community, It is with excitement I announce that Special Olympics Vermont will be reorganizing our sports calendar into four comprehensive seasons: Fall, Holiday, Winter and Summer. Over the next two years, we will be increasing competition opportunities, piloting new sports, expanding Healthy Athlete programming and elevating the State Games experience. In… Read more »

Vermont Delegation Represents at World Games

A delegation of Special Olympics Vermont representatives will travel to Austria this month to take part in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter… Read more »

Snack Break! Healthy, Energy-Filled Snacks for a Mid-Race Boost

While it is crucial to fuel your body with healthy foods (preferably wholesome carbohydrates) and water before a competition, you may also need to eat something DURING the competition. Specifically addressing winter sports, you may have a few different races one afternoon where you need some sort of energy boost in between. While a hearty… Read more »

Teaching Social Inclusion in Schools

Sam Donnelly, 20, of Burlington is one of just fifty youth leaders from around the globe selected to take part in the Special Olympics Social Impact Summit in Graz, Austria in March of 2017. The six-day summit is a gathering of Generation Unified leaders who have applied with specific project proposals to be part of… Read more »

Hitting Snooze: How Sleep Affects Athletic Performance

Generally, physical fitness and nutrition seem to be the spotlight focus for improving athletic performance. While they are undoubtedly two primary factors for athletic excellence, there is another factor that is often overlooked or forgotten about. SLEEP. Sleep plays a major role in both performance and recovery. If you are not getting enough sleep at… Read more »

Strengthening Exercises for Alpine Skiing

Sometimes the subtle burn in your quads becomes too much. As you carefully weave between each marker on the steep slope, your focus shifts to your suddenly fatigued legs. It’s as if someone has surreptitiously attached 20-pound weights to each of your thighs during your brief stint down the mountain. How can you possibly concentrate… Read more »

It’s Penguin Plunge Season!

Here at Special Olympics Vermont, the New Year always begins with an icy dip in the lake. We look forward to joining more than 1,200 people representing schools, businesses, families, sports teams, and more, in taking the Plunge to support Special Olympics Vermont athletes. Here’s how you can get involved! Register for the Penguin Plunge Rally your Penguin… Read more »

2016 Award Winners

Each year, Special Olympics Vermont awards individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution to the movement. For 2016, we are proud to announce the following award recipients. If you’d like to nominate an athlete, volunteer, or organization in 2017, please fill out the nomination form. Athlete of the Year John Vincenty, Smuggler’s Notch… Read more »

Warming Up for Winter Sports

Everyone knows that Vermont winters can be painfully cold at times. Sub-zero temperatures with driving winds and feet upon feet of snow are not the most inviting conditions to go outside and be active. However, snowboarding, skiing, and snowshoeing must go on! The cold weather makes a pre-event warm-up that much more important. While warming… Read more »