|Register to Help Strike the R-word
Show your support in squashing the R-word (retard) and become a sponsor of Strike the R-word, a bowling fun-raiser! You can also secure
Visit CiCi’s and Purchase SOGA Paper Icon
This month, 20 participating CiCi’s Pizza locations across Georgia will raise money for Special Olympics Georgia. Through Monday Aug. 13, participating Georgia CiCi’srestaurants will offer “Buy a Smile, Be a Fan” Special Olympics paper logos for $1. The logos will be displayed in the restaurants and all proceeds from the logo sales will benefit Special Olympics Georgia.
Sailing Slots Open for Sept. Lake Lanier Regatta
Put some wind in your sails at the 13th Annual Sailing Regatta Sept. 14-16 at Lake Lanier at Sunrise Cove. The event, supported by Southern Sailing Club, features a Sponsor Boat for race viewing, a skipper reception, prizes and much more.
All you have to do to enter, is raise at least $250 through sponsorship
Click here for more info. GRAND PRIZE trip is awarded to the skipper
Contact Rebecca Surles at Rebecca.Surles@SpecialOlympicsGA.org
Cops Serving You at Joe’s August 22
Join your area law enforcement as they serve up seafood at all five Georgia Joe’s Crab Shacks Wednesday, August 22. Dine out for our athletes and help support your local officers as they wait on you! All of the cops’ tips and 10 percent of you bill goes directly back to SOGA. Thanks to the generosity of Joe’s Crab Shack! This is your chance to get to know your local law enforcement and see them serving, dancing and maybe even singing! Click here for the flyer you must bring with you!
Be sure to visit the following locations:
14th Annual Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic
Join us on October 23rd at Country Club of Roswell for the 14th Annual Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic benefiting SOGA. Since 1999, this annual golf tournament has raised more than $324,000 for our athletes. This year’s goal is to raise $50,000! The fun-filled day will include a putting contest, shotgun start, hole contests, and an awards ceremony, reception, and silent auction at Aqua blue Restaurant.
Secure Your Spot in 17th Annual Busse Tourney
Join us for the 17th Annual Bob Busse Golf Tournament Nov. 7 at the
Make a “Shout” Out to SOGA Every Wednesday
Enjoy dinner out at Shout, located at Peachtree & 14th Street in Atlanta, every Wednesday in August and the restaurant will donate a portion of your bill back to SOGA.
|Athlete Profile: Todd Howard
Valdosta’s Todd Howard is on his own personal mission to spread respect and put an end to the R-word. Through fearless persistence, Todd has made a name for himself and the importance of Special Olympics. He has been on TV, the radio and has spoken at numerous civic organizations to spread awareness. As a motivational speaker and Global Messenger, he tells his audiences that words do hurt and that the word “CAN’T” is not in his vocabulary.Todd continues to prove that one person can make a difference by spreading the message of acceptance and inclusion. He is a role model for his teammates and anyone that meets him.
Todd is 44 years old and has been a part of Special Olympics his entire life. Todd has worked at Valdosta State University as a Groundskeeper for 18 years and lives independently. He competes in a variety of sports including bowling, floor hockey, softball and volleyball. He is currently preparing for the upcoming Masters Bowling Competition in Warner Robbins.
Silent Auction Items Needed
SOGA has several upcoming silent auctions that are in need of items. If you personally have or know someone who might be willing to donate any of the following, please contact Susan at
State Horse Show
Love horses? We got them. Volunteer for this state event that features a lot of horses…and you don’t have to have any experience with horses to volunteer.
State Master’s Bowling Tournament
Don’t love horses but love bowling? Well, we have a whole weekend of
Dunwoody Country Club Charity Dinner and Dance to benefit SOGA
Volunteers are needed to assist with the night’s silent auction
SOGA partners with the Southern Sailing Club to host this annual fundraiser. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, reception, meals and the race. Volunteers must be 21 or over to volunteer.
State Fall Games
The state fall games return to beautiful Dalton for the second year. Come out to volunteer as over 1,500 SOGA athletes compete in bocce, cycling, long distance running/walking, golf and softball.
August Volunteer of the Month
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Special Olympics Georgia. Currently, SOGA serves 24,470 athletes all over the state of Georgia. Five state games are held each year, the largest hosting over 2,000 athletes and over 600 coaches. Needless to say, SOGA could not carry out its mission without our strong volunteer base.
Emily Hamilton is one of those amazing volunteers. Emily has been a part of the State Horse Show each year, helping with barn check-in, organizing Special Hearts Equestrian to compete in Horse Show, and offering to help wherever needed that weekend. Outside of the Horse Show, she is the main trainer for Equestrian Coaches Clinics, helping to train coaches, around the state. This year, Emily stepped up when SOGA most needed her – she became the new Horse Show Games Director, so now she heads up the entire Horse Show weekend. As most reading this newsletter know, being a State Games Director is no small feat because this person is the chief administrator and manager of the games, is responsible for the overall operation and function of the games, oversees the entire games management team, runs games management team meetings each month, and ensures a
It was a big step but Emily took on all the responsibility of being Games Director with positivity and tenacity and has been a fantastic director. Thank you Emily for your many years with SOGA and for becoming our new Horse Show Games Director!
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Sponsor Spotlight: Idealease
Special Olympics Georgia would like to thank Idealease of Atlanta for their decade of service of as a Sponsor for different programs and events. For 10 years, Idealease of Atlanta has donated the use of their trucks for Special Olympics Georgia State competitions and fundraising events during each calendar year. Without this incredible contribution, Special Olympics Georgia would not be able to provide professional events and competitions around the State of Georgia. Special Olympics Georgia is highlighting Idealease of Atlanta as our Sponsor of the Month for August of 2012!
Click here for more information
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