Special Olympics Awareness Day October 15, 2017

/Special Olympics Awareness Day October 15, 2017
Special Olympics Awareness Day October 15, 20172017-09-01T17:52:00+00:00

On October 15th, 2017, the North American Council of Teen SOYO sponsors the 37th Annual Special Olympics Awareness Day. Every August, Teen SOYO hosts and funds an annual week‐long camp for Special Olympics Athletes at the Antiochian Village. Over the past 36 years, Teen SOYO has fostered a camping experience like no other. Our camp demonstrates a unified environment where teen SOYO members from across the Archdiocese come together with coaches from Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and enthusiastic athletes for an intense week of sports training and witness to Christ.

Through your generous donations, SOYO Special Olympics Sports Camp has grown immensely through the years. This year, we experienced a record number of athletes in attendance, and have accomplished an astounding 36 years of SOYO Special Olympics Camp. Over these 36 years, we have hosted more than 8,000 athletes and coaches, and over 1,150 of our teens have been blessed by working as SOYO Coaches or Volunteers. It is our pleasure to have the opportunity to serve, pray, and play with these Special Olympics Athletes, and we look forward, with your help, to continuing this important ministry.


1. Please publicize Special Olympics Awareness Day. Enclosed you will find two bulletin inserts in various sizes, one for October 8th and the other for October 15th. Please include the bulletin inserts in your parish bulletin, online, and share this cause from the pulpit. Your enthusiastic promotion of this important SOYO ministry will go a long way in producing fruitful results from our faithful.

2. We have found it beneficial to have two teens stand next to each breadbasket at the end of Liturgy, one holding a basket for contributions and the other handing out the enclosed Icon bookmarks, which are given as an expression of gratitude for the donor’s financial contribution.

3. Also included in this mailing is a two page large type message for one of your teens to share with the faithful in Church on October 15th. Please be sure a teen is prepared to read this message in Church on 15 October.

4. Enclosed is a letter from Metropolitan Joseph for you to read from the pulpit and publish in your parish bulletin.

5. Immediately following Special Olympics Awareness Day, your teens or parish treasurer should send their check for the full amount collected to:

Special Olympics Awareness Day
Department of Youth Ministry
PO Box 389 – Westwood MA 02090-0389

The Icon of St Thekla used in this year’s bookmark is located in the baptistery of St Joseph Church, Houston, on a wall featuring the “Evangelizers of the Nations”. Dmitry Shkolnik, iconographer; Fr Joseph Huneycutt, pastor; Ziad Nassif, photographer.  We thank St Joseph Parish for offering up their Icon to help our Teens.

Please make the check payable to NAC Teen SOYO and write in the memo: SOAD.

We appreciate your help and participation in this life-changing ministry.

Your brother in Christ,
V. Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura