While our programs are suspended, we’ve been working to develop ways for our athletes, families, and volunteers to stay engaged. The virtual programming is a great start, but we know that a lot of folks are missing out on the social connections right now. SONY Connect is an inclusion initiative to pair volunteers and athletes to get in touch and form relationships during this time of social distance and isolation.
If any athletes would like to be paired up virtually with our volunteers (text, FaceTime, email, etc.), please take 2 minutes to fill out this Google Form to help us match people up: https://forms.gle/nma6MTfQ7hXFrvuBA. The form is designed so that either an athlete can fill it out or someone can fill it on behalf of an athlete.
If you have any feedback or run into any trouble during these initial stages, or would like to volunteer to help, please notify Kim Byrne at email@example.com.
Additionally, we are rolling out a letter writing campaign for volunteers statewide to write notes of encouragement to our athletes with limited or no access to the internet. If you know of athletes who would benefit from receiving letters in the mail, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org. The NYSO staff will receive the letters and mail them out to athletes, so athlete information is not being shared with anyone outside the SONY office.
|Kim Byrne | Associate Director of Program
SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK