Please join us for this special cause – it is sure to be an amazing evening. This event is open to the public, and we would love to have a huge turn out for them. If you would like to have dinner, please be sure to call for reservations: 413-342-4358. If you would just like to show support for the Special Olympics, you are more than welcome to join us.
Lynn McCarthy, Local Program Coordinator for the West Springfield Special Olympics, organizes the local sports programs for local Special Needs children and adults. Lynn started a West Side Special Olympics soccer team when it was realized that the special needs children and especially her daughter Sarah, had no local options of a team for them to participate in with so many sports programs around us in town. This was back in 1998, and since then, West Springfield Special Olympics has grown and now serves about 60 children and adults, mostly from West Springfield but we also serve surrounding towns.
Lynn says, "All year, we offer various sports - in the fall we have 2 Flag Football teams and a Cheerleading squad, followed by 4 basketball teams in the winter, and 3 softball teams in the summer. We must fundraise for our own teams – buses to events when needed, uniforms, jackets, equipment and various other items. Some of the coaches have also been coaching close to 10 plus years with West Side Special Olympics - they are great mentors and leaders to the teams!" Head Coaches are: Leslie Girand, Ginny McMullan, Peachy Valentino, Jon Norton, Jim Sheridan, Kristina Albano, Sarah Kennedy. Assistant coaches are: Jack Twaddle, Nick Fenney, Jason Paine, Kathryn Manley, Alysha Lewis, Jim Uszynski, Chris Aberdale, Assistant Coach Stephani Peabody, and 1st Assistant Coach Shelly Fortier.