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Floor Hockey Coach needed for Special Olympics team

Hellaina Rothenburg

By Hellaina Rothenburg

Special Olympics programs in Collingwood and area continue to provide great opportunities for athletes with an intellectual disability, on and off the playing surface. This community has an offering of upwards of ten sports that train weekly throughout the sport season.
Led by volunteer coaches, teams have had success at the District, Provincial and National levels. In 2014, Collingwood sent a basketball team to the National Summer Games in Vancouver, and in March 2016, the alpine team will have representation on Team Ontario at the National Winter Games in Corner Brook, NL.
The success of programs like these is in no small way attributable to the dedication of the volunteer coaches who commit their time to weekly practices and accompany the athletes to competition. As the community of Collingwood grows so too do its community programs, and the need for volunteers increases.
Currently, the Special Olympics Floor Hockey team is in need of coaches. If a head coach is not found by January 1st, the club will have to decline continuing for the remainder of this season. The team practices for an hour on Monday evenings from fall through spring, and may have games against teams from other communities along with a tournament added in the early spring.
Special Olympics coaches may or may not have a depth of experience in sport, but have an enthusiasm for working with other people and appreciate the rewards that come with volunteering in the community. For more information on becoming involved in Floor Hockey or other Special Olympics sports offered in Collingwood and area, please contact District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg at 1-888-333-5515 ext. 276.

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