Nashua Special Olympics…Building Community through participation
Who we are:
Nashua Special Olympics is a family of athletes, coaches, volunteers, parents, siblings and friends, who train, organize and promote athletics for persons with developmental challenges.
The mission of Special Olympics New Hampshire is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Nashua Special Olympics (NSO) began in 1988 when a small group of parents and teachers, who had the heart and energy to break new ground, joined forces and formed a local Special Olympics program for Nashua. Their goal was to create opportunities for children with developmental challenges to be able to participate in sports and socialization activities.
Over the past 27 years, Nashua Special Olympics has grown from 20 athletes into an organization of more than 300, comprised of athletes, volunteers & family members. NSO athletes have competed in statewide events ranging from the Special Olympics New Hampshire Winter Games, held at Waterville Valley, to Track and Field competitions, Aquatic meets, Basketball tournaments, Unified ® Softball playoffs, and the Summer Games, held at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Our athletes, coaches and volunteers have also participated in the Special Olympics National Games and the World Games, now one of the largest sporting events in the world.
In 2007, Nashua Special Olympics was voted “Program of the Year,” for its dedication and service to Nashua and the surrounding area’s Special Needs community. In 2014, Nashua had 6 athletes on the “Team New Hampshire” basketball team that won first place in National Competition. This year, Nashua’s Mayor presented Nashua Special Olympics with the Gate City Light Award, in recognition of NSO’s dedicated Volunteers.
Nashua Special Olympics offers athletic opportunities for individuals with developmental challenges in the Nashua and surrounding areas. With a wide range of opportunities, individuals can become active not only physically, but socially, as well. Athletes who are involved in Nashua Special Olympics will work with certified coaches and volunteers, with family participation encouraged.
Our Athletes train throughout the year, participating in events, on local, state and national levels. Among the sports in which we participate are:
- Unified ® Soccer
- Track and Field
- Alpine Skiing
- Unified ® Basketball
- Unified ® Golf
- Cross Country Skiing
- Snow Shoeing
- Unified ® Softball
- Unified ® Floor Hockey
About Unified Sports……
Unified Sports is a program that incorporates teams comprised of individuals with and without developmental challenges, partnering together to compete in a variety of different sports. The primary objective of Unified Sports is to offer opportunities for all individuals interested in playing sports, regardless of developmental ability, to build friendships and learn about teamwork.
“Let me win. But If I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”
About our Athletes…
Individuals 8 yrs and older who have been identified as having developmental challenges are eligible to participate in Nashua Special Olympics. For children between the ages of 3-7, we have a Young Athletes program, which introduces them to structured sports play and develops social skills. Athletes need not be knowledgeable about sports, nor have any prior athletic experience.
A Bit about Fundraising:
We are a non-profit organization that relies on contributions to keep our programs running.
Financial support for Special Olympics comes from funds raised through special events, foundations, grants, individual, organizational, and corporate donations, and other sources.
Our yearly annual budget is approximately $45,000, raised totally through donations, to support the athlete’s sports training and competitions. To meet the growing needs of this non-profit, all-volunteer organization, we rely on the community support. Please consider helping Nashua Special Olympics today, by volunteering your time and by donating to this dedicated organization.