SPECIAL OLYMPICS COMES TO BREWSTER, LOCAL RESIDENTS AMONG THE ATHLETES
BREWSTER, NY – Brewster High School will host the Hudson Valley Regional Spring Games of the Special Olympics New York on May 16, 2015. Athletes throughout the Hudson Valley are competing in the event, including many of the individuals associated with Good Reasons Dog Treats and its parent organization, Community Based Services.
Community Based Services, headquartered in North Salem, NY, is a not-for-profit organization providing individualized care for people with developmental disabilities in both residential and community-based environments. Good Reasons Dog Treats is a non-profit organization that hires individuals with disabilities to produce all natural dog treats in a supportive, inclusive setting. Good Reasons was founded by the CEO of Community Based Services, Vicki Sylvester, who recognized a great need of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Both organizations strive to empower and nurture the individuals within their care to reach their full potential.
As part of that mission, the staff of both organizations have encouraged the individuals in their care to train for the Special Olympics. The vast majority of the individuals are participating in the event, which was founded in 1968 in order to “provide people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship,” according to the Special Olympics NY Chapter’s website.
John Boemio, Cheryl Jackson, Yvette Gilchrist and Maryann Stuck (of Pound Ridge and Ossining, NY) are all individuals in the care of Community Based Services. All are also employees of Good Reasons. Through the services they receive from Community Based Services, and the paycheck they earn from Good Reasons, these courageous man and women defy challenges every day and live productive lives. They have been training for eight weeks in order to participate in the games and are excited to take part. All of the individuals are competing in baseball, track & field and bowling. Boemio, Stuck and Gilchrest are also participating in the swimming competition.
“We are all united in the mission of encouraging people to reach their full level of potential, regardless of their physical or intellectual ability,” said Vicki Sylvester who is the CEO of Community Based Services, and the Founder of Good Reasons. “The Special Olympics is a wonderful opportunity for all of the people we support to be able to set and reach personal goals while enjoying the thrill of competitive sportsmanship. We’re certainly cheering for them!”