Author: Liza Reed

2017 Award Winners

Volunteer of the Year Chris Shackett, Hinesburg Community School An individual or group who has demonstrated enthusiasm for Special Olympics Vermont and a dedication to our mission through an event or program support role. Chris Shackett is a K-8 Physical Education and Health Teacher at Hinesburg Community School. He also serves as a Program Host for… Read more »

Special Olympics Vermont Announces New President & CEO

South Burlington, VT – September 28, 2017 The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Vermont has named Sue Minter as the new President and CEO. Minter will replace Lisa DeNatale, who is retiring after six years leading the organization. Minter joins the statewide sports organization, serving children and adults with intellectual disabilities, with twelve years… Read more »

Meet Sue Minter, Incoming President & CEO

The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Vermont has named Sue Minter as the new President and CEO. Minter will replace Lisa DeNatale, who is retiring after six years leading the organization. What is Sue Minter’s background? I was born outside of Philadelphia, PA and grew up chasing my three big brothers and participating in… Read more »

Vermont Systems Presents Fall Games

Vermont Systems presents the 2017 Special Olympics Vermont Fall Games September 23-24 at South Burlington High School, Dorset Park, and the Burlington Country Club. Nearly 400 athletes and Unified partners will compete in Athletics (track and field), golf, soccer, and softball. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Special Olympics Vermont,” says Giles Willey,… Read more »

State of Inclusion Conference

Special Olympics Vermont will host its annual conference November 10-12 at the Taconic Hotel in Manchester, VT. Registration is complimentary for all attendees and meals are included. Please see below for agenda information and to register.  For Schools State of Inclusion: Building partnerships for lifelong transitions and youth engagement.  Educators, students, and administrators are invited… Read more »

Celebrating Acts of Inclusion

Her vision changed us. Her legacy is changing the world! On July 20, Special Olympics will observe Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day to celebrate her life and achievements. This date marks the anniversary of the first ever Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, and the transformational moment when Mrs. Shriver, the founder of the… Read more »

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Honored at ESPY Awards

One of the most emotional moments at the 2017 ESPYs was when former first lady Michelle Obama honored the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968 and the organization now stands as the world’s largest sports organization serving 5.3 million athletes with intellectual disabilities in 170 countries. The ESPY… Read more »

2016 Annual Report

The Special Olympics mission is as relevant today as it was when it was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver almost 50 years ago. Visit the 2016 Special Olympics Vermont Annual Report to learn about our athletes’ accomplishments and the amazing work our community has done in one year to promote inclusion.   2016 Annual Report

Athletes Prepare for Summer Games

Meet three of the nearly 600 athletes who will compete in the 2017 Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games! If you know an athlete who would like to be featured, please contact Liza Reed. Josh Holsopple Josh is a 29 year old athlete with the Special Olympics Vermont Chittenden program who competes in alpine skiing, soccer,… Read more »

VT School Awarded National Recognition

Special Olympics and a national panel of leaders in education have developed ten standards of excellence for Unified Champion Schools. When these standards are met by a school, it is eligible to be a nationally recognized Banner Unified Champion School. Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans is one of the first schools in the country… Read more »