Author: Liza Reed

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 »

Special Olympics Vermont President & CEO Announces Retirement

Special Olympics Vermont President & CEO, Lisa DeNatale has announced her retirement effective December 1, 2017.  For the past six years, DeNatale has led the state-wide non-profit organization that provides inclusive sports training and competition opportunities to children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities.  Vermont is an accredited program of Special Olympics, Inc. which globally reaches 4.5… Read more »

2018-2020 Winter Games Announcement

Special Olympics Vermont is excited to announce a new partnership with Killington Pico Ski Resorts, LLC for Winter Games 2018-2020. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information about this transition. Winter Games 2018-2020 FAQ Where and when are the 2018 Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games? Special Olympics Vermont is excited to announce… Read more »

World Games Reflection

By Mike White, Special Olympics Vermont coach with the Bennington program ____________________ The World Winter Games 2017 recently concluded.  Held in several locations in Austria, the competition ran from March 17-24 and featured over 2,700 athletes from 110 countries competing in nine sports.  With these figures it’s not surprising it was the largest sporting event… 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 »

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 »

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 »

State Trooper Elected to Lead LETR Council

Special Olympics Vermont is proud to announce the appointment of a new Co-Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council. Senior Trooper Callie Field serves out of the Vermont State Police barracks in Derby and has been an active member of Vermont’s Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for more than a decade. “VSP Sr…. Read more »