SNHU Hosts Special Olympics New Hampshire Training Camp

Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Jodie Alosso

Manchester, N.H. (May 17, 2005) – Southern New Hampshire University will host a Training Camp and a Coaches College Training Camp May 19-21 for the athletes and coaches that will be representing Team N.H. at the Special Olympics 2006 USA National Games. Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) is a nonprofit organization providing sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental challenges.

The Team N.H. Training Camp will serve as practice competition for sports ranging from soccer to equestrian to swimming and will help prepare the athletes for the National Games in Iowa July 2-8. Team N.H. consists of 64 athletes, 27 coaches and thousands of volunteers. The three-day camp consists of practices, team meetings and planned social gatherings. The athletes will spend two nights in the residence halls at SNHU.

Over 15 coaches from SNHU and surrounding communities will participate in a Coaches College Training Camp. The coaches can be trained or re-certified in one of the 21 competitive sports that the Special Olympics offers its athletes. Coaches will also have the opportunity to be certified in first aid and CPR.

“The cooperation and support of the students, staff, faculty and administration at SNHU is playing a very significant role in the team’s preparation to attend the National Games,” says Mike Quinn, president of Special Olympics New Hampshire.

The Mission of Special Olympics New Hampshire is to provide year-round participation in sports training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached Olympic-type sports for all individuals with mental challenges by providing athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness skills, express courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of talents, skills and friendship with their families, friends, the community and other Special Olympics athletes.

The New Hampshire team was selected by a drawing of gold medal winners from the 2005 SONH Summer Games. The athletes represent all levels of skill in the sport they compete.

Please contact Karyn Misenheimer, SONH’s director of competition at 624.1250, ext. 33 or for additional information.


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