News Archive

Tennis Signup

3/23/2021

It's time to sign up for tennis! Practice will be at noon on Saturdays starting on April 23rd. Please sign up online with the tennis signup form.

Note that bocce, track & field, and tennis usually compete on the same day at a meet so it is not possible to compete in more than one at a time.

Make sure you have your medical and release form current. You can get a copy from our website if you need to update your form.

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

Bocce and Track & Field Signups

3/4/2021

It's time to sign up for bocce and track & field! Practice for both will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm starting April 13th. We will be dividing the team into smaller groups to follow the SOOH return to play guidlines.

Signups for tennis and golf will be coming later. Note that bocce, track & field, and tennis usually compete on the same day at a meet so it is not possible to compete in more than one at a time.

Please sign up online with these forms:

Make sure you have your medical and release form current. You can get a copy from our website if you need to update your form.

Sign ups will be open for two weeks, until March 19th.

Go Racers!

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

Newsletter issue 2

3/2/2021

We just published the second issue of our newsletter.

Updates

1/1/2021

I received this from SOOH:

SOOH in person activities suspended until February 8th

I will keep you updated as I get more information. Happy New Year! Hope to see you soon!!!

I also saw the sad news that Michael Cusack, who helped spark the Special Olympics, died at 64 Mr. Cusack was there at the first Special Olympics Summer games and was a life long athlete.

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

Art auction

12/10/2020

Happy Holidays to all our friends, families and athletes!

As you may remember SOOH sponsored an Art Auction of original works of art from athletes around the state. Kara Huggins' piece was chosen from our area. Way to go Kara!

We had two other athletes submit their artwork. They are also excellent! We'll auction these to benefit SODCOH. Click on these links to view the art:

You may submit your bid to me by email, connie.warner@sodcoh.org

Special Olympics Ohio suspending in person activities until January 4th

11/24/2020

Dear athletes, family, and friends,

Special Olympics Ohio has just suspended all in person activities until January 4th. They will be re-evaluating things at that time hoping that we may be able to move forward. For now, only the virtual activities will continue. I will keep you updated. Thank you for your patience!

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

2021 Calendars Available

11/12/2020

We are running a small fundraiser for the holidays. We put together a Special Olympics calendar for donors and sponsors and we are also offering it to athletes family and friends. Use this Google Form to order. Each calendar will be $18.

All orders must be prepaid before we place our order to company that makes them. The easiest way to pay us is to make a "donation" for $18 per calendar using our donation link. This donation link uses PayPal but you do not have to have a PayPal account to use it. If you do not have the ability to use the PayPal donation link, please contact me.

Our first deadline is November 22nd if you want your calendars before Christmas. Pick up for that would be December 19th. For orders that you do not need before Christmas the deadline will be December 30th and pick up would be 2 to 3 weeks after that date. The company we're ordering from is giving us a deal on these calendars. Get them while you can because we may not be able to do this next year!

Kroger Community Rewards Update

11/11/2020

Kroger sent us a report on our Community Rewards participation in the third quarter of 2020. We only have 24 households who have linked their Kroger Rewards to our organization so Kroger will donate a portion of their purchases to us. This is up from 20 households in the previous quarter. We have many times that many athletes. It would be great to get more households to link to us.

Please visit the Kroger Community Rewards page, login, and choose us as your organization. We are listed as SPECIAL OLYMPICS DELAWARE CO., organization number SA652. If you search for SA652, you will find us right away.

Please pass the word to friends and extended family! Thank you for your support!

Status Update

10/1/2020

I hope this finds you and your families well. There is a lot happening "behind the scenes" with SODCOH and SOOH. Unfortunately it isn't all good news. Please understand that we are committed to keeping our athletes well.

We had the okay to provide bowling, cheer, basketball and aquatics on a practice only basis in SOOH phase two guidelines. Just this week Delaware county moved into the red zone on the Governor's map. SOOH requires that we move back into phase one guidelines because of this. As a result, we are not able to offer these sports at this time. Should things change, I will let you know immediately. Willis gym and others in the area are not available to us. School systems are only allowing their students to utilize their facilities. If you know of the availability of a gym, please let me know!

We are currently completing the accreditation process for the next two years. It required that we list our committee members. We need to fill the following positions: Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising, Family Involvement and Outreach. Please volunteer. I am committed to improving our SODCOH team and their experience. I hope you are too! The time requirement is minimal. We need your help to move forward.

Medicals - Many of you had medicals expire this year. Now is the time to renew them. SOOH has given us an extended time to get these completed. That time will soon run out. If you need to know when yours expires, please contact me.

Volunteer A forms - If yours expired this past year please renew it.

Coaches - This is the perfect time to complete your certification. The info can be found on the SOOH website. I doubt anyone will be permitted to coach without completion when we are able to fully start up.

I would like to invite you to our next virtual committee meeting. It will be Monday October 12th at 7:00. Our athletes need more of us involved! You can attend from your home and see what we do "behind the scenes" Jim can set you up for the meeting, send him a note at jim.conger@sodcoh.org

Thank you for everything you do for our athletes. Please consider volunteering. We need your help.

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

2020 Walk to Support SODCOH Athletes

8/16/2020

We just announced the walk, see the Walk page for details.

2020 Golf Signups

7/3/2020

We are ready to start golf! Golf practice will be on Thursdays from July 16th to August 27th at 5:45 PM. We do not provide unified partners and each golfer brings their own equipment.

This summer we are playing at the Hidden Valley Golf course :

Hidden Valley Golf, 580 William St, Delaware, OH 43035 (link to Google Map)

Please fill out the sign up form. You will also need a current medical/release form and you will need to fill out a Return to Play COVID-19 Waiver, both available on our forms page.

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

Return to Play

6/21/2020

Special Olympics Ohio is ready to start returning to play. We hope to have golf, cheer and soccer seasons this fall. SOOH has moved bowling to the spring. Please read this letter from Special Olympics Ohio for the plans from the state. The state also has a brochure that explains what it will be like as we get started again.

Practices will be limited in size. In July, parents and providers must wait in the car. They are not permitted to attend practice. Athletes in high risk groups should consider not participating. Masks must be worn by athletes, coaches and volunteers. We will supply hand sanitizer and screen each athlete, coach and volunteer before they can enter practice. Athletes will need to have a Special Olympics Ohio COVID-19 Waiver filled out and returned to us. There will be an extension for the medicals that have/will expire. I am not sure exactly how that will work but will advise you as soon as I have more information. We are processing this one month at a time. I will contact you again for August.

We'll announce signups for the sports we can start soon. If you have any other questions, please send an email or give me a call. Your waiver form may be emailed to me prior to practice. This will be a requirement for all sports.

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

Some things you can do while SODC is shutdown

4/21/2020

I realize that things have been hard during this stay at home order. I miss you as much as you miss your favorite sports. I have three opportunities for you. All have been authorized by Special Olympic Ohio.

First, there will be an exercise program starting May 4th called the SOOH Fitness Influence Challenge. I can't tell you any more until April 27th.

Second, SOOH is offering "Motivational Monday", "Wellness Wednesday" and "Fitness Friday" on their social media platforms. Visit their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Finally, I am able to offer baseball for summer. As many of you know I have been coaching and managing baseball for 25 years. Currently, I manage an adult baseball league through Miracle League. I am attaching the registration materials. Our league's website is currently unavailable, so materials will need to be returned to me at 650 Crofton Loop, Delaware, OH, 43015. The teams are co-ed. and games are played at 7:00 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on a rotating schedule in Dublin.

The form for Miracle League: Miracle League 2020 Registration

See all of you soon! Stay safe and well.

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

SOOH coronavirus statement - Summer Games cancellation

4/9/2020

This is the latest note from State Special Olympics. All activities have been cancelled until July. This is unfortunate, but I believe necessary due to current circumstances. Stay well and exercise as you can. We will be up and running again before you know it. Please reach out if there is anything you need.

SOOH coronavirus statement- Summer Games cancellation.pdf

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

DCBDD Needs Your Help

3/16/2020

Please read this letter from DCBDD. They need people to:

  • Pick up medication

  • Pick up or take people to the grocery

  • Provide company to someone who cannot be left alone

  • Provide hands on care

  • Donate food and supplies to local food banks

  • Provide childcare

If you’re interested in lending a helping hand to a neighbor in need, please contact helpinghand@dcbdd.org.

Special Olympics Ohio suspending activities for March

3/10/2020

Dear SODC Family,

I just received this message from the state organization:

Effective immediately and with an abundance of caution and overall concern for the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, families, and volunteers we are suspending all sport training and competition activities and other activations involving our athletes (such as Athlete Leadership, Inclusive Health, and social activities) through 31 March 2020, at which time the situation will be reevaluated.

This decision was made based on advice received from Special Olympics, Inc. after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World health Organization.

Here is the memo they sent us:

SOOH guidance on COVID-19 - March 10, 2020

Let me know if you have any questions.

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

SO Ohio COVID-19 Advisory Memo

3/9/2020

Athletes, Family and Friends,

I know that several of you have had questions about how Special Olympics is going to deal with the Coronavirus. Attached is the letter that I received from the state organization just today. Please read it and contact me with any questions or concerns.

Special Olympics Ohio COVID-19 Advisory Memo

We will have hand sanitizer at all events and practices.

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

2020 Track & Field Signup

3/11/2020

We are happy to announce that it is time to sign up for track & field! Please use the Track & Field Signup form.

When we start practicing again after March (see the announcement), track & field will practice from 6 PM to 7:30 PM on Tuesdays. We have bocce on Thursdays and if we are rained out on Tuesday, track & field can join bocce on Thursday.

Make sure your medical / release form is up to date, they are good for three years. Forms are available on our web site.

2020 Tennis Signup

3/10/2020

Tennis will be on Saturday afternoons starting April 18th with Coach Alex coaching again. We are not sure of the location yet -- it depends on interest and how much space we need. Please sign up using the Tennis Signup Google Form.

Make sure your medical / release form is up to date, they are good for three years. Forms are available on our web site.

2020 Bocce Signup

3/10/2020

Bocce will be on Thursday nights starting April 16thwith Coach Tiffany. Please sign up using the Bocce Signup Google Form.

Make sure your medical / release form is up to date, they are good for three years. Forms are available on our web site.

2020 Spring track

3/8/2020

Dear SODC Family,

Track and field is one of our most popular sports. As of now we're not able to offer it because we do not have a coaching staff. If you are willing to step up and help out I really would appreciate it. If you have any ideas or know anyone that might be willing to do this please let me know. I would prefer not to have to disappoint our athletes.

Thank you.

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator

Kroger Community Rewards Update

3/6/2020

Kroger sent us a report on our Community Rewards participation. We only have 29 households who have linked their Kroger Rewards to our organization so Kroger will donate a portion of their purchases to us. We have ten times that many athletes. It would be great to get more households to link to us.

Please visit the Kroger Community Rewards page, login, and choose us as your organization. We are listed as SPECIAL OLYMPICS DELAWARE CO., organization number SA652. If you search for SA652, you will find us right away.

Please pass the word to friends and extended family! Thank you for your support!

2020 Volleyball Signup

3/5/2020

It's time to sign up for volleyball! We are planning to practice at Willis Education Center on Saturdays from noon to 1:30 PM April 1 through June 20th. Games will be scheduled later.

Please use the Google Form to sign up. Make sure your medical / release form is up to date, they are good for three years. Forms are available on our web site.

2020 Tennis interest?

3/4/2020

This spring we would like to expand our tennis program. If you are interested please contact me soon. Alex Darraugh is our coach. I think you would really enjoy this opportunity. We will be sending a separate registration, but I need to plan for equipment and location.

-- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator, connie.warner@sodcoh.org

2020 Winter Bowling Sign Up

12/20/2019

It's time to sign up for our Winter Bowling Season! We'll be bowling on Sundays from 1-3 PM for six practices:

  • February 2

  • February 9

  • February 16

  • February 23

  • March 1

  • March 8

If there is a tournament it will most likely be March 14-15, though we haven't seen anything on the State calendar yet.

Please sign up using the Google Form usual. We only have room for 56 bowlers (four per lane, fourteen lanes) so we'll have to take only the first 56 bowlers. The signup will close January 17th. If you have any questions, send me an email!

Picnic reminder

9/17/2019

Only about a dozen families have said they are coming for a total of only 27 people. We WANT you to come, but if you are coming, please let us know. We don't want to have 100 hotdogs left over and we don't want to make an emergency pizza order, either! You can let us know with the Picnic Google Form

Off-season Powerlifting Training

9/17/2019

We sent an email to the powerlifting email list to reach recent lifters, but if you have ever lifted before and are interested in getting back to the sport, there's special off season training sessions you can join! Coach Scott is at the Legion 19 Crossfit at 10:30 AM for one hour on these Saturdays:

  • September 14, 21, 28

  • October 5, 19

  • November 2, 9, 16

  • December 7, 14

Please sign up with the Powerlifting Training Google Form,

Aquatics (Swimming) Sign Up

9/17/2019

We're ready to start the swim season, but with the changes at the area/region and at the state -- and the construction at Upper Arlington High School where we usually have the area meet -- our season is going to be split by the holidays. The dates on the calendar.

We will be practicing from 4 PM to 6 PM on Sundays at Ohio Wesylan's Meek Aquatics Center (Google Maps, parking is off Harrison Street.). The first part of the season will run from October 6th through the area/region meet on December 7th and 8th. After the holiday break, The second part will run from January through February 23rd and finish with the state meet. Please sign up with the Aquatics Sign up Form.

If you want to be eligible to go to the state meet in February, you have to go to the area/region meet in December. If you don't want to go to the state meet, you don't have to join us for the second part of the season -- but we'd love to have you and it's a good to practice for the next year!

If you need more information about the changes from the state, you'll find them in the first edition of our newsletter sent earlier this month in the SOOH section.

Basketball Sign Up

9/17/2019

Since the state has moved the basketball tournaments earlier, we have start earlier. I'm asking that school-age players come to Willis on Wednesday, October 2nd at 6 PM and that adult players and Lady Racers come to Willis on Thursday, October 3rd at 6 PM. Come prepared to practice a bit so the coaches can meet new athletes and help form teams. Please sign up with the Basketball Google Sign Up Form.

The complete schedule, as far as I have it, is on the website calendar. We have Willis Education Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6 PM to 9 PM for our teams to practice and play home games. We are working on getting time on OWU courts on the weekends.

If you need more information about the changes from the state, you'll find them in the first edition of our newsletter sent earlier this month in the SOOH section.

Issue 1 of the Racer News

9/4/2019

We just published the first edition of our new newsletter, Racer News.

2019 Winter OWU Sports Training Sign Up

8/21/2019

Ohio Wesleyan is ready to start the fall semester of the OWU exercise class. This program has been very successful and popular in the past. If you have not done it before, I encourage you to try. This program is open to all our athletes of all ages, but there is a limit of 50 athletes.

The OWU students help run this as a class project and as a service to our athletes. Our athletes can choose to attend either the Tuesday or Wednesday session at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM starting September 10th and 11th. The program will run on OWU's schedule through the fall semester. I am including the information from the University below.

Please complete the Google Form sign up as soon as you can. Make sure your medical / release form is up to date, they are good for three years. Forms are available on our web site.

If you have questions, send us an email.

2019 Soccer Sign Up

8/8/2019

It's time to sign up for soccer! Soccer will be at the same place as last year, Good Shepard's Church off of US Route 23, and at the same times, 6:30pm-7:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please use the Google form to sign up.

Make sure your medical / release form is up to date, they are good for three years. Forms are available on our web site

If you have questions, send us an email.

We need some help

8/5/2019

We are hoping you can help us in a couple of areas:

  1. We are looking for a soccer coach. The season is ready to begin, we have a field and players but no one to coach. If you are willing to coach this season, or know someone who is, please let me know. We hope Sean will be back next year. He is taking this year off due to his pending wedding.

  2. Cheer season is ready to start and it is not going to be like the cheer seasons in the past! This is not just cheering at games, the team will also compete outside of Special Olympics. Our coach also coaches for OWU and you will also be cheering at the college games with their cheerleaders! You may sign up for cheer and other sports. The season will run fall through spring. If you have any interest at all or you have tried it and dropped it, please sign up with the Google Form. The details are on our news page.

  3. We have been blessed not to have to organize fundraisers in the past year. The time has come that we need to get organised and find funding commitments. I'm looking for people that are willing to help with ideas and businesses in Delaware county that might commit to a yearly or even one time donation. Families who have work connections would also be helpful. The donations that we have received in the past year have been wonderful. They have allowed us to purchase new equipment and uniforms. We appreciate all their help!!

Thank you ! -- Connie Warner, Local Coordinator, connie.warner@sodcoh.org

2019 Fall Bowling Sign Up

8/5/2019

It's time to open registration for Fall Bowling! The fall season practices will be on Sundays from 1pm to 3pm with the exception of Wednesday, September 11, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm to avoid practicing on the weekend of the Delaware County Fair:

  • September 8, 1-3pm

  • September 11 (Wednesday), 6:30-8:30pm

  • September 22, 1-3pm

  • September 29, 1-3pm

  • October 6, 1-3pm

  • October 13, 1-3pm

Practice will be at Colony Lanes as it has been in the past. Qualified bowlers can compete in a tournament October 19 or 20. The tournament has limited capacity, not all bowlers will be able to attend. We may also have a scrimmage with another team this season - details to follow as we learn more! If you have any questions about bowling, you can send an email to Coach Leslie

Please sign up using the 2019 Fall Bowling Signup Google Form. Registration will close on August 30th, but we can only have 54 bowlers for the season, so sign up as soon as you can! We will keep a wait list in case people who signed up are not able to participate. Make sure your medical / release form is up to date, they are good for three years. Forms are available on our web site.

2019 Competitive Cheer Sign Up

July 30, 2019

It's time to start the first full season of our new competitive cheer sport. We are very happy to welcome our new coach, Ruth Shuster, who is helping us expand our sport. There will still be cheering at basketball games, but our team will now participate in cheer competitions and work with the OWU team!

Practice will be most Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 at the United by SHC Cheer gym. The address is 5610 Fredricks Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074. SODCOH will will provide the uniform and hair bow. Members will need their own white cheer shoes and low socks.

The team will compete in three or four Ohio competitions. The last competition will be the the Special Olympics competition at Ohio State or similar venue. The team will cheer at some of the home basketball games. The team will also meet and cheer with the Ohio Wesleyan cheer team for one quarter/period of an OWU football or basketball game!

Please sign up using the Google Form. You must sign up even if you participated at Summer Games -- this is our chance to make sure your contact information is up to date. Make sure your medical / release form is up to date, they are good for three years. Forms are available on our web site.