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 »

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 »