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Proctor Joins Forces with Special Olympics

On May 15, Special Olympian Chris Panarese visited Proctor’s campus to share his story with the community. A high school classmate of Proctor faculty members Kyle and Mark Tremblay, Chris gave a twenty minute speech (available here) of his journey as a Special Olympian including all the challenges, as well as the successes (including two bronze medals and one silver at this summer’s USA Special Olympics Games in New Jersey!) he has encountered throughout his time competing. Chris’ message was one that touched many in the Proctor community, not only because of his perseverance as an athlete with special needs, but because of how effectively he communicated the way sport has allowed him to feel good about himself. Following the standing ovation Chris received in assembly, athletic director Gregor Makechnie announced the opportunity for Proctor to further engage in partnership with Special Olympics in September.

While Chris’ visit to campus occurred nearly four months ago, the event Gregor Makechnie alluded to is nearly upon us. On September 27, Proctor and the Andover community will host the Rail Trail Run & Ride to benefit Special Olympics of New Hampshire. The day will feature both 50k and 100k bike rides as well as 5k and 10k running races on the Northern Rail Trail, as well as a shorter family bike ride and kids races. Following the rides/runs, a fall festival featuring music, food, and other entertainment will take place on Proctor’s Carr Field.

Saturday classes at Proctor have been canceled in order to allow students, faculty and staff  to partake in the races or volunteer at the event. As the host site, Proctor is directly involved in event logistics and coordination of volunteers. There are various ways to participate:
Proctor students will have the opportunity to complete 5k race with a Special Olympian running partner, the first of hopefully many future interactions between Proctor’s student body and Special Olympics of New Hampshire athletes.
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