Of Special Interest
National Volunteer Recognition Week
During this last week in April, we honor the countless volunteers that make our program possible. Special Olympics Howard County is an all-volunteer organization. Running our organization takes thousands of hours and hundreds of volunteers – from our management team to our sports coordinators and coaches and many high school and college students. These volunteers have other jobs or school responsibilities but they consistently come out to help whenever they can. Athletes may be the reason why we have this program but volunteers are how we run this program. Wewould like to take this opportunity to honor all those volunteers and thank them for the dedication and commitment to the athletes of Howard County. THANK YOU!
Last year, we started a tradition at our Inspiration Walk by honoring one coach and one volunteer of the year. While selecting just two people for this annual recognition does not diminish the great work done by all our volunteers, we wanted to highlight one specific coach and volunteer each year. Their names will be inscribed on a plaque in our office. This year’s Volunteer of the Year is Abby Penenburgh, a member of the management team and bocce coach, and the Coach of the Year is tennis coach Nancy Van Winter. Watch for a future article on these year’s honorees.
Volunteer Scholarships Announced
Applications for Outstanding Student volunteers of the year are now being accepted. Click here for applicationInterested students must complete an application, provide at least one recommendation from a Special Olympics Howard County coach, management team member or sports coordinator, and write a 500 word essay about their experiences as a volunteer. Completed applications should be mailed to Special Olympics Howard County, 8970 Route 108, Suite A-1, Columbia, MD 21045, ATTN: Scholarship Committee and must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2012. Questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the SOHC office at 410-740-0500.