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Local Special Olympics athletes head to nationals with help of 100+ Women Monadnock

The MVP athletes and coach prepare for national Special Olympic Games, with the help of 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock. Clockwise from bottom right, Coach Karen Pomasko, Gail Jarest, Dylan Coyne, Emily Edick, and Dalton Coyne.

Monadnock Valley Patriots is the local branch of the Special Olympics Organization, drawing participants from throughout the local Monadnock region to participate in summer and winter games.

This year, with the help of a donation of over $11,000 from 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock, the team will not only conduct summer and winter games but will also send four athletes and a coach to the national games in Florida. The MVP athletes going to Florida include Emily Edick of Dublin, Dylan Coyne and Dalton Coyne of Hancock, and Gail Jarest of Peterborough.

Dawn Brescia, a member of the MVP leadership team, explained that Special Olympics is much more than athletics. It is a time when individuals with developmental disabilities socialize and feel part of a larger community. “It’s family for them,” she adds.

MVP received the donation from Sally Eneguess, the Nomination Chair for 100+ Women Monadnock. Every quarter, the over 200 members of 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock select a nonprofit to receive a check of $50 or more from each member.

For more information about MVP, visit their Facebook page. To find out more about 100+ Women Who Care—as either a potential member or a nonprofit–visit New members are always welcome.

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