A Yale University study released in June 1995 confirmed what everyone associated with Special Olympics has been saying all along: Special Olympics measurably enhances the lives of those who participate. The results of the study suggest that Special Olympics has a direct and positive effect on the self-image of participating athletes and their ability to function in a social setting.
According to the study, Special Olympics athletes perform better at school, at work, and at home the longer they participate in the program. The study measured such social competency skills as the ability to live independently, hold a job, participate in community activities, and develop close friendships.
Although there are no known studies as to the benefits to the Volunteers, we like to use the "smile and return index (SRI)". Every year over 99.9999% of our volunteers leave with a smile and return the following year.
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Thank you to all of our Volunteers who helped this year during 2013 PA Summer Games. The games were a huge success, in spite of the bad weather, and much of the credit goes to you. We hope that you found the experience rewarding and fun. I know the athletes and coaches appreciated your time and encouragement. I personally appreciate your dedication. After 10 years of being the Director of Volunteers I am always humbled by the people that come back year after year, giving of their time and services freely to help our athletes, helping them to compete at their best.
Thank you again for your time. Enjoy your summer and we'll hope to see you again next year.
The 2014 Summer Games will be scheduled later this year. Please check back in early 2014 for volunteer registration, schedules and forms for next years games. Until then enjoy your year and take care.
Tommy Songer & Trish Weidemann
PA Summer Games Committee
Co-Directors of Volunteers
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