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SEASPAR Board Meeting for August 15 Cancelled

The SEASPAR Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 15, 2017 has been cancelled due to a lack of business.

The next scheduled Board meeting is Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the SEASPAR office in Downers Grove.


Now Hiring Inclusion Aides

Staff with Participant

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child with a disability, and get paid to do it? You’re in luck – SEASPAR is hiring part-time staff!

We’re currently looking for Inclusion Aides, who are responsible for supporting and assisting one or more individuals with a disability requiring specialized intervention in order to participate in our member entities’ programs. Staff are needed to work preschool as well as before- and after-school programs.

Inclusion Aide applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Experience working with people with disabilities may be required. Visit our Employment, Volunteer, and Internship Opportunities page to learn more about working with SEASPAR and to apply online!

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Barrera, Inclusion Manager, at 630.960.7600.


Summer Golf Classic Raises Funds

On July 28, SEASPAR hosted its 15th annual Summer Golf Classic fundraiser at the Woodridge Park District’s Village Greens of Woodridge.

Winning Foursome at Summer Golf ClassicMore than 50 golfers participated in the four-person team scramble tournament. The foursome of Mike Toohey, Neil Buchelt, Cory Abraham, and Tom Canney won the first place prize of $200, which they generously donated back to SEASPAR.

Nearly $8,000 was raised to support SEASPAR’s recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities served by our member entities!

Generous sponsors of the event included Ellen Lilly; the Law Office of Gina L. Madden, Attorney at Law; Deirdre Toler; Abbington Distinctive Banquets; Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital; Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, Dicianni & Krafthefer, P.C.; Avec Panache; Babich & Associates Financial Services; Blooming Color; Bob Carter’s Auto Body; Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation; Downers Grove Park District; Fairview Dental Care; Forzley Eye Clinic; Friends of Ray Osowski; Grove Dental Associates, P.C.; Lisle Savings Bank; Cathy Mahoney – Downers Grove Park District Commissioner; MG Computer; Midwestern University; the Thomas family; T.W. Group; and the Village of Western Springs. Beautiful raffle baskets and items were donated by 221 Creations, Anderson’s Bookshop, Avec Panache, Chama Gaucha, Downers Grove Park District, Downtown Management Corporation, Home Depot, Jeans and a Cute Top Shop, Lemont Park District, and Dan Skarnulis.

SEASPAR is also very grateful for its partnership with the Village Greens of Woodridge and their efforts in making the Summer Golf Classic a success!

View event photos on Flickr!


Registration Open for Fall Programs

Program Guide Fall 2017Registration is now open for SEASPAR’s fall programs and events!

Download the Program Guide for program details, visit our registration page for more information, or submit your registration online now!

We’re excited to offer lots of new programs for children, including:

  • Music Therapy for ages 4-10 on Mondays in Downers Grove
  • Book Worms for ages 4-10 on Wednesdays in Brookfield
  • Art with Animals for ages 5-10 on Tuesdays in Lisle
  • Disney Stay-cation Club for ages 11-15 in Darien
  • Happy, Healthy Me for ages 11-15 in Darien
  • Adventures in Science for ages 11-15 in La Grange Park

Online registration for all programs closes on Monday, August 14 at 4:30 p.m.


Family Pool Party on August 27

Family at Pool PartyCome make a splash at SEASPAR’s second annual Family Pool Party!

The event will take place on Sunday, August 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Lemont Park District’s Centennial Outdoor Aquatic Center.

Wear your swimsuit to take a dip in the outdoor pool complete with interactive play pieces and a water slide!

This all-ages event is FREE for SEASPAR participants and their families, and for all Lemont residents, who are invited to come learn about SEASPAR and have fun with us!

RSVP online now, or call us at 630.960.7600 for more information.


Trivia Challenge on October 20

Do people say you’re a know-it-all? Prove them right at SEASPAR’s 6th annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser!

This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 20 at the American Legion Post 80 in Downers Grove. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the games begin at 7 p.m.

The Trivia Challenge is a fun, informal competition. Teams answer general knowledge and trivia questions, and the team that has correctly answered the most questions at the end of the competition receives a $500 cash prize!

Tickets for the Trivia Challenge are $25 per person. Tables of ten may also be purchased for $200. A cash bar is available and food is provided, or you are welcome to bring your own snacks.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended – purchase tickets online! Organizations and individuals are also invited to sponsor the event. Learn about sponsorship opportunities by contacting Lisa Rasin at 630.960.7625.

Proceeds from the Trivia Challenge will be used to support our recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities served by our member districts.

Come boast your brainpower while benefiting SEASPAR!

For more information, call 630.960.7625.

Trivia Challenge Participants


Special Olympics Summer Games Success

We are proud to report that SEASPAR’s 14 athletes who competed at the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games earned a total of 25 medals, including 17 gold, at the competition held at Illinois State University June 9-11. Twelve of the athletes earned at least one gold medal!

The Summer Games is the largest of the more than 175 Special Olympics competitions held throughout Illinois each year, and is the final state competition for Aquatics, Athletics (track and field), Bocce, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, and Soccer. Approximately 4,000 athletes competed at the event at the Illinois State University campus. SEASPAR trained athletes in all six sports of the competition.

Powerlifting

Allen Rosete

Allen Rosete

SEASPAR’s two Powerlifting athletes both earned multiple medals:

  • Emily Lundvall, Westmont: Gold in both Bench Press and Combination. Silver in Deadlift. Set a new personal record for Deadlift!
  • Allen Rosete, Darien: Gold in Bench Press and Deadlift. Silver in Combination. First-time Powerlifting competitor!

Artistic Gymnastics

The three Artistic Gymnastics competitors trained by SEASPAR also earned multiple medals:

  • Bridget Brown, Darien: Gold in Balance Beam. Silver in Uneven Bars. Fourth in Vault. Fifth in Floor Routine.
  • Anna Cavallo, Downers Grove: Gold in Balance Beam, Uneven Bars, and Vault. Fourth in Floor Routine.
  • Kari Winter, Downers Grove: Gold in Uneven Bars. Silver in Vault. Fifth in Balance Beam and Floor Routine.

Aquatics

William Porch with Medals

William Porch

Five athletes represented SEASPAR in Aquatics events:

  • Ryan McGuire, La Grange: Gold in 25M Freestyle and 25M Backstroke. First-time Summer Games competitor!
  • Mark Ploskonka, Darien: Gold in 50M Freestyle. Bronze in 50M Backstroke.
  • William Porch, Westmont: Silver in 50M Backstroke. Seventh in 50M Freestyle.
  • Sam Smetko, La Grange Park: Gold in 50M Backstroke. Silver in 100M Freestyle.
  • Chris Tegeler, Darien: Fifth in 50M Backstroke. Seventh in 50M Freestyle.
  • Ploskonka, Porch, Smetko, and Tegeler: Gold in the 4X100M Freestyle Relay.

Soccer

One SEASPAR athlete participated in the Soccer competition on the cooperative team representing SEASPAR and the Lily Cache Special Recreation Association, which serves the Bolingbrook and Plainfield Park Districts. Nate Church of La Grange earned a gold medal with his teammates.

Athletics

SEASPAR was represented by one competitor in Athletics (track and field). Michael Drabik of Woodridge earned a bronze medal in the Pentathlon, which comprises five different events: 100-Meter Run, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, and 400-Meter Run.

Bocce

Mark Buglio of Lisle and Amanda Skozinski of Downers Grove teamed up to represent SEASPAR in the Bocce Traditional Doubles event, earning fourth place in Skozinski’s first Summer Games competition.

Join us in congratulating these athletes on their hard work and well-deserved recognition!

View more photos from the Summer Games on Flickr.


Believe & Achieve Banquet and Awards

On May 17, SEASPAR staff, volunteers, participants, families, and partners came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the annual Believe & Achieve Recognition Banquet. More than 250 people attended the event at Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn.

One highlight of the banquet is the presentation of awards to participants, staff, volunteers, and community partners. Please join us in congratulating the following award winners!

Athlete of the Year Tyler Reineke

Tyler Reineke

Athlete of the Year – Tyler Reineke

Tyler started with our Special Olympics Softball program four years ago and has since competed in Athletics, Basketball, and Volleyball as well. Tyler is recognized for his hard work, heart, and hustle, and accepts his award by saying, “I’ll just continue to work hard and do the best I can.” Watch Tyler’s award presentation on YouTube.

Cultural Artist of the Year – Kyler Wulff
You’ve likely seen videos of Kyler’s incredible piano performances from our Holiday Spectacular and Music Recital. He is described by his piano instructor, Deb Judycki, as being “on a mission to be the best.” Kyler agrees, saying in his acceptance speech, “Pretty soon, I’m going to be doing big things.” We have no doubt! Watch Kyler’s award presentation on YouTube.

Cultural Artist of the Year Kyler Wulff

Kyler Wulff

Achievement Award – Bridget Brown
Bridget has too many accomplishments to list, so we’ll just say that she is a national inclusion advocate through her Butterflies for Change organization, her role as a Special Olympics Illinois Global Messenger, and her position as an officer for the National Association for Down Syndrome, to name a few! We are proud that she is one of our very own, but Bridget remains humble, simply accepting her award with a quote from Meister Eckhart: “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Watch Bridget’s award presentation on YouTube.

Leading Light Award (Part-time Staff) – Lori Hohenstein
Lori has been with us since 2012 and is the Site Director for our EAGLES Adult Day Program in Brookfield while also working other SEASPAR programs. She is beloved by participants, their families, and fellow staff, and she always finds fun and creative ways to encourage participants to be more independent than they were the day before. We’re all lucky to have her on the SEASPAR team! Watch Lori’s award presentation on YouTube.

Achievement Award Winner Bridget Brown

Bridget Brown

Super Star Award (Part-time Staff) – Tim Lieb
Tim has been one of our most invaluable staff members since 2013 and has worked in nearly every program area we offer. But to some he’s most well known as “Coach,” as he teaches and inspires our Special Olympics athletes in sports from tennis to flag football to powerlifting. We’re grateful for everything Tim does for SEASPAR and our participants! Watch Tim’s award presentation on YouTube.

Volunteer Hall of Fame Induction – Gary Naberhaus
Gary has been an official SEASPAR volunteer since 1994 and has clocked more than 7,000 service hours in those 20+ years. From being a Special Olympics coach for at least nine sports, to helping people soar on the Serena’s Song hot air balloon, to having some of the best moves on the floor at our dances, Gary is an indispensable member of the SEASPAR family! Watch Gary’s induction presentation on YouTube.

Community Partner Award – Midwestern University
Midwestern University of Downers Grove has been a SEASPAR partner for 20 years. Currently, Midwestern students are an integral part of two of our most popular special events for teen and adult participants – the Midwestern Dance and the Team Bowling Tournament. Both the students and the participants benefit from this incredible partnership, and we are grateful for Midwestern’s long-term support of SEASPAR! Watch Midwestern University’s award presentation on YouTube.

Community Partner Award – DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund
The DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund is one of SEASPAR’s newest partners but has made a significant impact on our programming over the last two years. The Fund financially supports the Commit to Be Fit Program for our EAGLES Adult Day Program, which has changed the EAGLES culture to a more health-focused environment through education, meal planning, and exercise. The DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund has helped our participants embrace healthy habits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives! Watch the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund’s award presentation on YouTube.

Community Partner Award – Spectrum Vocational Services
Spectrum Vocational Services of Downers Grove (a division of Little Friends) has been a SEASPAR partner for 40 years, and together we offer weekly recreational and social programming for our shared clients and participants. This long-term partnership has benefited both organizations and we look forward to working together for the next 40 years! Watch Spectrum’s award presentation on YouTube.

Another highlight of the Believe & Achieve Recognition Banquet is the video presentation that shares the experiences of participants through photos and videos taken at programs and events. Watch this year’s video, entitled “Follow Us for FUN!” on YouTube.

View more photos from the event on Flickr!


Picnic & Flick on July 22

Trolls Movie LogoJoin SEASPAR and the Village of Indian Head Park for a FREE night of food and family fun at Blackhawk Park on July 22 at 6:30 p.m.!

Enjoy a BBQ featuring hot dogs, bratwurst, baked beans, salads, dessert, and more. Then watch DreamWorks’ Trolls on a big screen in the park while snacking on popcorn and cotton candy!

Please bring lawn chairs or blankets and insect repellent. Blackhawk Park is located near the intersection of Acacia Drive and Cascade Drive in Indian Head Park. View on Google Maps.

This event is free and open to the public! RSVP online or call SEASPAR at 630.960.7600 by July 19.


Summer Golf Classic on July 28

SEASPAR’s Summer Golf Classic returns for its 15th year on Friday, July 28 at the Woodridge Park District’s Village Greens of Woodridge, an 18-hole championship golf course in a picturesque setting.

Golfers at Summer Golf ClassicRegistration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. start time. The tournament format is a four-person team scramble. Individuals not in a foursome will be paired.

Each player receives a box lunch, giveaways, and complimentary range and putting green use. An awards ceremony, buffet dinner, and raffle follow the tournament.

Tickets for the Golf Classic are $150 per person and include golf, lunch, and dinner. Tickets for the dinner only are available for $50 per person. Purchase tickets online!

Organizations and individuals are also invited to sponsor the event. Sponsorship opportunities are available for dollar amounts from $50 to $1,250.

Proceeds from the Golf Classic will be used to support our recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities.

Come enjoy a day on the course while doing something great for your community!

For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please call us at 630.960.7600.


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