Thursday, May 28, 2015

Help Get Our Team to #1

Ben and I are participating in the 
Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America TeamOur Team is in 2nd place in fundraising among ALL 106 teams in North Carolina. We are only $135 behind. If you want Ben's team to be #1 (and help out Special Olympics programs), please donate here:

A fundraising page for Ben McCall
Our Team: Six Strong in Charlotte!
On May 14th, the Flame of Hope was lit in Athens, Greece-the site of the last Special Olympics World Games in 2011.  It arrived on American soil and is currently making its journey across the country via the Unified Relay Across America to Los Angeles for the 2015 World Games in July!  Our team of passionate parents, students, and coaches will be running the torch on a segment in Charlotte, NC next Thursday, June 4th .  This is a once in a lifetime experience to be a part of this movement to create awareness and unite communities in acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.
Our team consists of six people:
Amy Clark works with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District as an Adapted Physical Education teacher. Amy is also a Special Olympics Coach and will be representing Mecklenburg County at the World Games as an Aquatics Coach.
Jolanda Hengstman works with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District as an Adapted Physical Education teacher.  Jolanda is also the liaison between the CMS schools and Special Olympics Mecklenburg County and will be attending the World Games as a delegation liaison for Team The Netherlands.  
Marie Slusser works with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District as Lead Adapted Physical Education consultant.  She is very familiar with Special Olympics having been involved in a variety of roles since 1973.
Ben McCall is a 5th grader and has been a Special Olympic athlete since he was 8 years old.
Vanessa Infanzon is Ben’s mom and a volunteer on the Special Olympics Mecklenburg County steering committee.
Lorcan Welton is a 4th grader at Park Road Montessori,  Jolanda’s son, and loves sports.
Our team is raising money for the Special Olympics. Your donation will help support the programs and services offered through the Special Olympics. Thank you for your help!

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