Athlete Profile – Matthew Lefleur

Mathew Lefleur is an athlete with the Franklin County Maple Leafs program where he and his twin brother train and compete in softball, basketball, and soccer. He’s been an SOVT athletes since 2013 as well as a Global Messenger. Matthew reports that being involved with Special Olympics impacts his life by “giving me opportunities to… Read more »

Union Mutual Presents 2016 Summer Games

Union Mutual Presents Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games Union Mutual, a central Vermont-based insurance provider, will present the 2016 Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games June 3-5 at the University of Vermont. Athletes will compete in swimming, track and field, bocce, and softball. “We are proud to build on the relationship established last summer between Union… Read more »

Athlete Profile – Luke Belt

The Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games takes place each year in early March.  This year, Luke Belt made his first appearance at the Winter Games and despite being the youngest athlete to participate, his outstanding skiing performance landed him a spot on the podium. Belt began skiing shortly after he learned how to walk. His… Read more »

Volunteer Profile – Luke Fox

How did you get involved with Special Olympics and Unified Sports? I first got involved in Special Olympics in eighth grade.  I was going to Williston Central School and one of the requirements for graduation was that students complete an “Eighth Grade Challenge Project.”  I was playing basketball for WCS at the time and my… Read more »

VAMLE Conference Video

The Vermont Association of Middle Level Educators (VAMLE) supports, encourages, and inspires middle level educators to develop programs designed specifically around the needs of early adolescents, with the focus on learning for every student and a strong student voice. The 2016 conference, which was hosted at the University of Vermont on March 8th, provided a… Read more »

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 »

Volunteer Profile – Deputy Ryan-LeBlanc

Special Olympics Vermont simply wouldn’t be the organization it is without its volunteers. Jessica Ryan-LeBlanc is a law enforcement officer with the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department. A Rutland native, Ryan-LeBlanc was looking for a career where she could have a positive impact on the lives of the people in her community and found her way… Read more »

SOVT Welcomes New Staff and Board Members

The Special Olympics Vermont staff grew with the addition of a new Events Manager, Sasha Fisher of Burlington. The organization also welcomed four new Board members since the beginning of 2016. Sasha Fished joined the SOVT team as the Events Manager in October, 2015. She brings with her a wealth of event management experience, having… Read more »

Volunteer Reflections on Winter Games

Nihad Basic is a college junior who volunteered at the snowshoe venue during Winter Games. He shared this account of his experience from the Castleton University campus. My highlight of the Winter Games weekend was definitely seeing all of the very active participant involvement. I really enjoyed communicating with the genuine people volunteering out of… Read more »

Athlete Profile – Austie Babcock

The Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games are coming to Woodstock this weekend, March 4-6th. Competition events including alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing will take place at Suicide Six. In total, 411 athletes and partners representing all of Vermont’s counties will demonstrate their abilities on the mountain. Among those athletes is 11 year… Read more »