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Dear Athletes, families and friends of Scituate Special Olympics Track & Field,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you all as the Director of Scituate Special Olympics Track and Field. My time with you all will close out at our Home Meet on Sunday June 4, 2017.

The 2018 Track & Field Season will be Administratively Managed by Margie Carr with Sue Murray as Head Coach. Taffy Nothnagle will remain the Program Coordinator for Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA)- 35 plus years of service!

Vinny Heart, Tony Vegnani and Michelle Sharry will be back as coaches and I plan on returning as a volunteer Coach alongside of Mr. B- our 1st and founding coach and our earth angel.

ATHLETES, I love you all soooo much. You are the best thing that happens to me every year! You fill my heart with acceptance, joy and happiness. It is my honor to have served you. I feel the power of sport has the ability to build confidence, improve health, and inspire self-motivation. I hope that I have done this for you while providing an opportunity for you to shine and show the world what you can do. People come in and out of our lives so that we can tech each other. I believe that we are all connected for a reason- a greater propose. Our purpose is human kindness.

Taffy, you are the kindest person I have ever met, your dedication, and service has taught me to be a better person. Thank you for your guidance and mentoring.

I am forever thankful to the Scituate Recreation Department for providing a forum for me to teach sports and create programs that include individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. It has been my pleasure to work with you since 1994.

I have the upmost respect for the Town of Scituate and Scituate Public Schools for their steadfast efforts as supporters of inclusion. This is something our town should be very proud of-Scituate founded one of the first chapters of Special Olympics in our state and worldwide in the 1960’s with School Teachers Fran Jacobs and Coach Mr. B at the helm.

I wish you all the very best, and hope that wherever you go you remember the Special Olympics motto- 'let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

Big hug,
Betsy Callanan