Special Olympics: How to Volunteer

As part of her blog series on the Special Olympics and their "revolution on inclusion," Geannette Wittendorf will be highlighting different aspects of the games to showcase just how much the organization gives back and makes a positive change in the world.

One way you can get involved with the Special Olympics if by volunteering:

"Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. They are coaches, trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers and managers. They can also be unified partners—playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities—or fans cheering in the stands." - Special Olympics, Get Involved 

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to get involved with the sports organization, aiming to help athletes and their families who are faced with the challenges of living with mental disabilities.

Volunteering opportunities include:

CoachesTrainersOfficialsEvent OrganizersFundraisersManagersPartners/Fans Anyone who would like to get involved wit…

Crossfit Games: The "Other" Olympics

The Crossfit world is ever-evolving and growing more and more popular since the first official Crossfit games in California in 2007. Sport fanatics from all around the world now tune in and cheer on their favorite competitors first hand in the Crossfit stadium every year! 

Crossfit is a sport designed to separate the fittest in the world from all other athletes. In order to be a top competitor in the official Crossfit games, athletes must train year round in every aspect of the sport, waiting until the day before each event for each individual course to be announced.
The objective of Crossfit itself is to master training across all platforms of sport, focusing on functional fitness, heavy weight lifting and agility. The games change every year, adding to the mystery and mastery of the sport while adding a challenging edge for all competitors. 
Some of the fiercest competitors include Sara Sigmundsdottir, Katrin Davidsdottir, Anna Thorisdottir, Tia-Clair Toomey, Mat Fraiser, jacob Hepp…

Star Wars Stormtroopers Take Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Michigan Troopers geared up in full “force” for the benefit of Special Olympics Michigan at the Livingston County Polar Plunge on January 25, 2020. Longtime Special Olympics supporter, Geannette Wittendorf tells the tale. At this year’s polar plunge for the Michigan chapter of Special Olympics was backed by the force! Keeping tradition by picking a costume theme, the Michigan Troopers decided on entering the realm of Star Wars. Every year, the Troopers attend the Livingston County Polar Plunge to show support for Special Olympians and their families. For the Troopers, it’s a tradition to show up to the Polar Plunge in themed costumes. Lt. Mike Sura explains that it’s all about having fun and raising “as much as they can” for the Michigan Special Olympics. Inspired by the December 2019 release of The Rise of Skywalker, the Michigan Troopers chose a Star Wars theme this year. Yet again, they showed up as the best dressed Polar Plunge team for the fourth year in a row. Onlookers ch…

Volunteering for the Special Olympics

Geannette Wittendorf is a proud supporter of the Special Olympics, among many other sports centered charities and non profits. 

Between her love for charitable giving, hockey and the Olympics, the special olympics take up a special place in her heart.

The Special Olympics is an even centered around fostering team camaraderie and sports offerings to those who are mentally disabled. The charity offers each individual an opportunity to compete in several different sports among other teammates dealing with similar issues. The even fosters those facing mental disabilities, reassuring each competitor that they perfect just the way they are and can compete just like everyone else.

Visit the Special Olympics home site if you and your family, friends or loved ones would like to volunteer wit other charity supports like Geannette Wittendorf.

How to Become an Athlete Later in Life

Being an athlete is not just reserved for the tween to young adult crowd. Becoming an athlete later in life is easy when you have the right kind of support and participate in the right activities. It's not only doable, it can even be a fantastic way to improve your overall health, both mind and body. 

Geannette Wittendorf is a supporter of all things sports and athletics. Though her interests are heavily influenced by the Olympics, Geannette Wittendorf is passionate about supporting anyone who is trying to live a healthier lifestyle and or get into fitness at any point in life, regardless of age, gender, ability or goals.

How to become an athlete later in life: 
1.) Is it too late to become an athlete? 

No, it's never too late! The first step to becoming an athlete later in life is believing in yourself. No matter what your age, your level of fitness, your gender or your ability, there is a sport out there waiting for you to practice it and have fun doing it. 
2.) How to choose t…

The New Year: 10 Motivational Quotes for Athletes

May you crush personal records, leave race times in the dust, and reach for new goals in the year 2020! Here are 10 inspirational quotes to get you jump-started on your best year yet!  Geannette Wittendorf fully appreciates the camaraderie that often comes with sports. The true meaning behind any sport, are the people who play. Each player has their own passion and spirit that they bring to the game, and it's important to fuel that flame with inspiration.

A new year brings an endless amount of new opportunity to athletes old and new. Whether you just started on a new team or you're a seasoned all-star, athletes from all walks of their athletic career could use an inspirational boost, especially rounding the end of a decade.

1.) "Never forget why you started."

2.) "The body achieves what the mind believes."

3.) "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."

4.) "Some people want it to happen. Some people wish it would happen. So…

Support Special Olympics Athletes with the Polar Plunge

Geannette Wittendorf is a strong supporter of the Special Olympics, along with many other sports charities and nonprofit organizations. Among her favorite ways to support the Special Olympics is the through the Polar Plunge. 

The Polar Plunge is a spirited winter event involving participants to "plunge" into a body of water despite freezing temperatures - hence "polar" - in order to raise money for a charitable organization. This year there are several Polar Plunges to choose from in Massachusetts to help raise money for the Special Olympics. Money raised goes towards helping 13,000 athletes with an opportunity to participate in sports training.
The Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization that provides opportunities for disabled athletes to participate in sports.
Not only does the cause provide training and competition, it helps the athletes live happier and healthier lives. Every dollar raised goes toward aiding an athlete with an intellectu…