2018-02-07 / Letters

The Maine Community spirit continues to prevail at the 2018 Special Olympics Winter Games

The 2018 Maine Special Olympics Games were again hosted by Sugarloaf Mountain on January 28th to the 30th. These Special Olympic Games create a community of spirit and volunteerism that has no boundaries.

Sunday witnessed the arrival of over 1,200 athletes, coaches, family members and volunteers who were greeted to a community pot luck supper, followed by activities including moonlight ice skating and karaoke at the Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Center.

Competitions started with trials all day Monday and finals Tuesday. At noon Monday, the Official Opening Ceremonies commenced with the parade of athletes, followed by acknowledgements, the lighting of the Olympic Flame, reciting of the Olympic Oath, and the Games being declared “officially open” by two time Olympic Gold Medalist, Seth Westcott. The evening unfolded with the Banquet of Champions, torchlight parade, fireworks, and the one and only Tom Ball Band providing the music for the Victory Dance.

All of this would not happen without the many groups, organizations, schools and individuals who volunteer. The support staff on hand included the following: Carrabassett Valley Academy, CV Fire Department, Gifts of Love, Girl Scouts, Jay Am-Vets, Wilton Lions Club, The American Legion Family, State Farm Insurance, J.M.G., Kentucky Fried Chicken, UMF, Colby College, Erskine Academy, Maine Credit Union League, Maine Insurance Agents Association, Maine Paramedics, The Maine Warden Service, Maranacook High School, Mountain Valley Property, Shipyard Brew Haus, The Stratton Eustis Cooking Team, Sugarloaf Mountain Corp. (all departments), Telephone Pioneers, The Hyde School, Unity College, Jordan Lumber, Longfellow’s, The Woodsman, Tufulio’s, The Rack, The Bag, and many members of the Law Enforcement Agencies from across the state, and many countless individuals.

Lastly, a very special thank you to the group of Sugarloaf homeowners who open up their hearts and open up their doors to hundreds of athletes, coaches and families. Their generosity, through the donation of their condominiums and homes, truly exemplifies the Sugarloaf Spirit.

It never ceases to amaze — when there is a need, there are so many who will go above and beyond to handle any task that may arise.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Steve Pierce
Games Director
Carrabassett Valley
Phil Geelhoed
President and CEO
Special Olympics Maine

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