Sandwich Sailors - Special Olympics

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We are pleased to announce the new Sandwich Community Special Olympics program: the "SANDWICH SAILORS."  This program is driven by Special Olympics Mass., Cape & Islands Region, with the Sandwich Recreation Department, the Sandwich Student Council, and the National Honor Society. Through the efforts of the Sandwich Recreation Department, we have had a young athletes program that is designed for children with intellectual disabilities from 2-8 years old. Our new program will be for individuals from 8 years old through adulthood.


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OUR GOAL is to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to participate in seasonal sports, with a chance to take part in Special Olympics Cape & Islands and state tournaments. We want our “athletes” to compete individually and when needed with student volunteers.


OUR SPORT OFFERINGS INCLUDE: soccer, bowling, track & field, and basketball.In order to provide a quality program, we are asking for a financial donation that will help defray expenses in buying sports equipment, uniforms, travel, and a “pizza party” at the end of the sports season.


Special Olympics athletes are NEVER CHARGED FEES to participate in activities. However, it costs Special Olympics Massachusetts $390 per participant for their uniforms, transportation, and facility fees. We are proud to tell you that ALL FUNDS raised in our community support our local athletes.

PROGRAMS

Awesome Outdoors HIKING Program

Come join the Sandwich Sailors for some healthy fun outdoors!This unified program will take participants on short hikes throughout conservation areas in Sandwich! Each week the group will begin with stretches and then off for walking, observing and socializing as we take in the natural beauty of the Sandwich conservation lands. Each session will end with a snack.

Who:   Individuals of all abilities Ages 8 and up

When:  Sunday’s  April 11 - May 16               2:00- 3:00 PM

Where: Registered participants will be notified each week of where to meet! 

Hiking participants should wear hiking boots or durable tennis shoes with good traction, and bring a water bottle, extra layers, bug spray and sunscreen. 

If you have limited mobility and/or require modifications and/ or accommodations to register or participate in any of these programs please call the Sandwich Recreation Department directly at 508-888-4361.

The Sandwich Recreation Department and the Sandwich sailors  is working closely with the Board of Health and following the latest COVID information released by the State of Massachusetts. We will continue to monitor the town of Sandwich case numbers while implementing all guidelines put forth by the state- Therefore, we reserve the right to discontinue any program at any time should the town or state feel it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our community. Please take the time to review each programs modifications that have been implemented to ensure all our participants safety. We encourage you to contact the Recreation Department directly with any questions or concerns that you may have


To register for this program please visit:

https://sandwichma.myrec.com/info/default.aspx

Sandwich Sailors participate in four age groups:              A sport for every season:

Age 2-7 : Young Athletes                                                                     Soccer : September - November

Age 8-15 : Juniors                                                                                Bowling : October - March

Age 13-21 : Seniors                                                                             Track & Field : March - June

Age 22 + : Masters                                                                               Socialization : July - August

                                                                                                             Basketball : December - March

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering for Special Olympics can be very rewarding. We depend on people like you to help our program be an ongoing success!

Here's how YOU can help:

• Socialization Coordinators to help plan post-season and holiday parties.

• Sports Business Managers to help organize and set up a sport 

• Volunteers to work with athletes. Register today at by calling Sandwich Recreation at 508-888-4361

•  Fundraising coordinators for the Jolly Jaunt 5K Race held in Hyannis each December​.

Please contact Rick Serodio, our Volunteer Coordinator, for info: 603-494-1327 or email him at rickserodio@comcast.net .


The Sandwich Sailors thank you for sharing your time!***



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FORMS

What is going on this winter! 

PROGRAMS

Young Athletes Program:

The Sandwich Recreation Department in conjunction with the Sandwich Partnership for Families is looking for some special athletes to join this amazing program! A FREE, unique sports & play program facilitated by trained volunteers that focuses on fun activities important to mental and physical growth. This program is an early introduction to sports & the world of Special Olympics.

 

WHO:

Children ages 2-9 who would benifit from an adaptive program.



WHERE:

Sandwich Recreation Department- Oak Crest Cove

34 Quaker Meetinghouse Road , Forestdale, MA

WHEN:


Spring Session begins: April

Wednesday's 10:00-10:45 a.m.

 

Unified Sports/ Special Olympics Basketball

Join the Sandwich Sailors and the Special Olympics for these FREE, inclusive, unique sports & play program facilitated by trained volunteers, focusing on basketball skills and competition techniques important to mental & physical growth. This *Unified Sports© Program also allows peer mentors to train and compete alongside Special Olympics athletes. Volunteers can be same age and ability levels. (Please note: ALL participants must pre-register with Sandwich Recreation before the start of the program and all paperwork must be completed before participation is allowed.) 


 *Unified Sports Program will invite athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to play on the same court, working towards the same goal all while promoting social acceptance and inclusion. Lead by volunteer, certified coaches, athletes will have the opportunity to participate at local, regional, and state competition throughout the winter.

IMPORTANT REMINDER- all participants looking to participate in upcoming sports and social events, MUST pre- register on the Town of Sandwich Recreation website to participate in all of these great programs! The safety for athletes and volunteers is the #1 priority of the Sandwich Sailors Program, and this information is vital to both communication and to better serving our athletes! Please visit our website today at: 

FUNDRAISING

Polar Plunge

Take the Plunge: Support the Next Generation of Special Olympics Athletes!

Take the Polar Plunge into icy cold waters this winter to help provide over 13,000 athletes with an opportunity to participate in sports training and competition programs that help them live longer, happier, healthier lives. Each plunger will commit to raise at least $100 to support Special Olympics athletes throughout the state. Every dollar raised directly supports year-round sports training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities in Massachusetts.

Registering is free and easy. The Sandwich Sailors are hoping to register for the March Polar Plunge in Harwich! Visit the Polar plunge website for more information:

Special Olympic Athletes are invited to help serve customers. Please contact Rick for details at: rickserodio@comcast.net