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Special Olympics Aroostook Appoints New Volunteer Head Coach

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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Special Olympics Aroostook County Area Management Team is proud to announce a new Volunteer Basketball Coach for this year’s Special Olympics Northern Maine Basketball Season.

Brian N. Hamel, a graduate of University of Massachusetts and current managing partner of a local financial services firm, has been chosen as the qualified candidate to coach the area’s basketball team. In his letter of application to the SO Aroostook management team, Hamel assured them he will “approach this challenge with a great deal of energy, passion, commitment to excellence, integrity, patient understanding, all while having fun at it!!”

Special Olympics Aroostook is one of twelve Area Programs associated with Special Olympics Maine. The mission of Special Olympics is to “provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.”

“It is my honor to be a part of the Special Olympics Team and I am looking forward to a rewarding basketball season,” states new Head Coach Hamel. “I have already had the pleasure of meeting some of the athletes and assistant coaches, and what struck me was the enthusiasm and commitment each participant has for his/her team and teammates. It’s this positive attitude that will allow us to achieve our goals as we prepare for the statewide Special Olympics basketball tournament in March.”

The new coach will complete seminars and trainings with the Special Olympics Maine Coach Education Program prior to starting the eight or more weeks of training for the games played against other SO basketball teams throughout Maine.

Hamel has been extensively involved in helping his local communities in both his 31-year business career and personal life. In 1994 he and his family moved from New Hampshire to Aroostook County to take on the role of President & CEO of Loring Development Authority with a goal of stimulating the economy and recreating jobs after the closure of Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine and continued in this capacity until 2005. Involving himself in the community, he has volunteered as a Reading Buddy at Mapleton Elementary School, a Mentor in the Central Aroostook Mentoring Program, Chairman of the Board of the Maine Winter Sports Center, Chairman of the Board of the Northern Maine Community College Foundation, and he has extensive experience in coaching youth basketball, soccer and softball while residing in New Hampshire.

Regarding the new hire, SO Aroostook Management Team member Steve Richard states, “The Area Management Team is very excited to have Brian as part of our program. With his organizational skills and commitment to community programs, he definitely will be an asset to not only SO Aroostook, but to the athletes involved in our program.” Richard is also the Executive Director of Central Aroostook ARC, an organization dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

For more information please visit Special Olympics Maine’s website, www.somaine.org, or contact Steve Richard at 207-764-0134 or srichard@ainop.com.

About Special Olympics Maine (SOME)
Special Olympics Maine believes that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; families are strengthened, and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance. SOME is divided into 12 Area Programs, by county or counties, all of which provide area level training and competitive opportunities to SO Athletes. For more information, visit www.somaine.org. If interested in making a donation to SO Maine, contact Linda Fredericks at 207-879-0489 or lindaf@somaine.org, or visit www.somaine.org/donations/index.asp.

About Central Aroostook ARC
Central Aroostook ARC started as a grassroots organization in 1959, established through the efforts of local families. Central Aroostook ARC, a 501c3 non-profit institute, now consists of eight programs dedicated to helping individuals of all ages who have developmental disabilities. These programs include Children Supports, Residential Services, Home & Community Supports, Work Services, Adult Services, Opportunity Training Center, Shared Living and Community Case Management. Central Aroostook ARC depends highly on the support and voice of their clients’ parents & guardians, in addition to local communities and supporting organizations, such as United Way of Aroostook, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Aroostook County Commissioners and the Department of Education.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Stephen D. Richard

Telephone Number: (207)764-0134

Website: http://specialolympicsmaine.org

Email: srichard@ainop.com