Athletes Prepare for Annual Unified Sports® Holiday Classic 

Our athletes and Unified partners are training to participate in this year's Unified Sports Holiday Classic presented by the Connecticut Elks Association, which will include virtual and in-person events. Sports featured will include:
A virtual bowling tournament will take place, with teams holding practices at their local bowling alleys and submitting their scores for competition. Top-scoring bowlers will receive recognition for their achievements.
Basketball Skills Jamboree - Saturday, November 20th
Basketball skills competition at Quinnipiac University, Hamden
Unified Volleyball - Saturday, November 20th
Unified team volleyball tournament at Hamden Hall Beckerman Athletic Center
Powerlifting - Saturday, November 20th
Powerlifting competition at our new venue, SAWAH in Darien

New Athlete Leaders Announced

We're pleased to announce that six outstanding athletes are joining our team of Athlete Leaders and will serve as ambassadors and spokespersons for Special Olympics Connecticut. They include:
Robin Batchelder, Global Messenger
Local Program: Special Olympics Farmington Valley
Sports: traditional and Unified basketball, soccer, softball, floor hockey
"Special Olympics is a family that I am grateful for that I have every day. I am so excited that I get to be a part of a fantastic organization." 
Brandon Knight, Global Messenger and Health Messenger
Local Program: Special Olympics Groton
Sports: track & field, basketball, volleyball, flag football, floor hockey
"(With Special Olympics...) I can always expect the unexpected with a lot of players giving it their all on the court or field."
Justin Prince, Global Messenger
Local Program: Special Olympics Cheshire
Sports: basketball, tennis, softball, cornhole
"I think people need Special Olympics because it is filled with so many happy and positive people that make everyone around them a better person."
Carly Shwartz, Global Messenger
Local Program: Special Olympics Team West Haven
Sports: track & field, bocce, bowling
"(Special Olympics is) important to me because I like participating in sports my team does and it helps me to stay healthy and fit and active..."
Jacob Fialkoff, Global Messenger
Local Program: Special Olympics South Windsor
Sports: bowling, track & field
"I have won many medals, but the biggest rewards are the friends I have made through Special Olympics."
James O'Toole, Global Messenger
Local Program(s): Special Olympics Seaside Saybrook and Central Shoreline
Sports: track & field, swimming, golf, tennis, Unified basketball, cross-country skiing
"(I enjoy) sports, watching movies, listening to music, playing with my nephew - "I became an uncle this year!"

Our Athlete Leadership program is sponsored by Synchrony and supported by the Joseph A. Baloga Trust.  
Choose to Include Holiday Auction Kicks Off November 26th
Get ready to place your bid in the virtual Choose to Include Holiday Auction to benefit our athletes, presented by Tokio Marine HCC!
The Auction will be open Friday, November 26th at 6 a.m. (EST) to  Friday, December 10th at 10 p.m. at https://Choose2Include.givesmart.com. Donations may also be made by texting Choose2Include to 76278 to support the fundraiser.

It's a great opportunity to help us provide inclusive, year-round sports, health and fitness programs to over 12,000 athletes and celebrate the holidays in a meaningful way!

Donate and Receive Your Special Olympics Ornament

Get the limited-edition Special Olympics ornament with your donation of $65 or more! Show that you stand with our athletes this holiday season and all year long. To make a donation and receive your ornament, click here.
SOCT Zoom Room Holiday Events for Athletes 
Pre-Turkey Burn Workout - Thursday, November 18th at 7 p.m.
Register in advance here.

Holiday Trivia - Monday, December 13th at 7 p.m.
Register in advance here.

The SOCT Zoom Room is brought to you by the TD Charitable Foundation and Special Friends Charities.

What We're Thankful For...
Our athletes and Unified partners
In our communities and in our schools
Our local coordinators and coaches
Our leaders
Members of the Special Olympics Connecticut Board of Directors
Our volunteers, supporters and sponsors 
In photo, the committee who organized this year's 20th anniversary SOCT Special Olympics Golf Tournament at Foxwoods sponsored by Eversource.

And YOU!
Wishing you a warm, wonderful Thanksgiving holiday spent with those dear to you.
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Special Olympics Unified Sports® in schools is made possible through Special Olympics Connecticut’s partnership with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). Sponsors include: 

We welcome your feedback and contributions. Contact us at 203-230-1201 or specialolympicsct@soct.org.

Partner Sponsors

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ESPN logo Eversource Logo Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Logo
Torch Run Logo NBC CT and Telemundo CT TD Bank logo
Ratheon Technologies Logo WWE Logo

Year-Round Suppliers

Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets
Coca Cola Beverages Northeast
Connecticut Portable Storage/PODS
Marcus Communications
N&D Sports
Poland Spring
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Community Service