SONH“Pick-Me-Up Pack” to support New Hampshire Special Olympics athletes.  Suggested donations of $60 to $250.

Dear Knights of Columbus in New Hampshire

Special Olympics New Hampshire needs your support now more than ever. We would like to send a “Pick-Me-Up Pack” to all Special Olympics athletes in New Hampshire and to do that we need your help.

In this time of uncertainty, we had to make the tough decision to cancel all of our activities including practices, competitions, celebrations, fundraisers, etc. until mid-June. We are committed to remaining vigilant and taking all necessary proactive steps to protect athletes, staff, coaches, volunteers, and communities.

While the safety of our athletes, and the world as a whole, is our top priority, we understand that not providing Special Olympics programming including our annual showcase event, the State Summer Games, will increase the anxiety and sense of isolation that many of our athletes are already feeling.  For children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities, build confidence, gain acceptance and form life-long friendships.

To help combat this sense of isolation, we are hoping to raise $90,000 which will allow us to mail a “Pick-Me-Up Pack” to each of our 3,024 athletes in New Hampshire. Each “Pick-Me-Up Pack” is valued at $29.76 and will contain a training guide, t-shirt and note from the donor.

We ask that each Knights of Columbus Council/Assembly provide a donation of $297.60 which will cover the costs associated with sending “Pick-Me-Up Packs” to ten athletes in New Hampshire. Here is how you can make a donation:

  • Send a check made payable to SONH to 650 Elm Street, Manchester NH 03101
  • Visit our “Pick-Me-Up Pack” campaign site at https://bit.ly/PickMeUpPack to donate online

Let me end with some advice from a Special Olympics New Hampshire athlete and board member Eric Retelle, “To all our Special Olympics athletes and families, since we can't compete or go to practices here is some motivation to keep up with training to help our bodies to stay healthy.  Go for a walk, not just for exercise but to clear your mind from the virus just keep going with your life…if you need the motivation think of why you joined Special Olympics and give a shout out to an athlete that you know to have a conversation.”

Thank you in advance for your support.  It will truly make a difference in the lives of our athletes! Sincerely,


Mary Conroy
President

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