Category: Uncategorized

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 »

Breathing with a Purpose: Breathing Techniques for Endurance Athletes

Cross-country running is definitely a sport that relies on endurance. When talking about athletics, endurance refers to the capacity of the body to continually perform during exercise. For example, someone who can continuously run for 10 miles has more running endurance than someone who gets tired after 2 miles. Having better endurance does not necessarily… 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 »

Mind Games: The Psychology Behind Basketball

The psychological aspect of athletics has been a hot topic with professional athletes. Many college and professional teams have psychological coaches who are hired to work on the mental aspect of their performance. These psychological coaches are often referred to as “mental game coaches”, and help teams and individuals with issues such as anxiety, choking,… 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 »