Eversource Employee Teams Up With Special Olympics
This article was published on: 02/21/19 5:23 PM by Mike Minarsky
Marissa Flynn comes from a family of volunteers. She credits her father for instilling in her that willingness to give back. When she was young, it meant doing things like ringing a bell for the Salvation Army or playing an elf helping Santa hand out presents to kids at the G. Fox Department Store in Hartford. Simply put – volunteering is in her DNA. Since 2006, the Rocky Hill resident has been part of the Eversource employee team that makes the Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games cross-country skiing and snowshoeing competition happen. As a cross-country skiing course chief, Flynn oversees the crew that makes sure the races run on schedule and the rules are followed. “We get the athletes in their lanes, then bring them up, toes on the line. We talk to the athletes to pump them up. Then the whistle blows, and we step away. If they fall, they need to get up on their own.
You want to walk over and pick them up…but you know they can do it…they need to know that they can do it.” Flynn admits that at the end of the weekend competition, she is physically exhausted but on an emotional “high.” “You make relationships with the athletes, with the coaches. To see them happy is all that really matters.” We have a group of people that comes back year after year. They love it,” Flynn added. “You want to know what it’s about? Come check it out. Once you come, you’re not going to want to stop.” 2019 marks the 51st anniversary of Special Olympics Connecticut. As the presenting sponsor of the Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games, Eversource and its employee volunteers will be empowering the 1,000 athletes expected to compete this weekend, Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24.
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing will take place at Eversource’s Windsor
location at 1985 Blue Hills Avenue Extension (Route 187). Opening ceremonies,
featuring the traditional parade of athletes, begins at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Alpine
skiing, snowboarding, floor hockey, figure and speed skating and gymnastics events are scheduled at venues in Middlefield, East Hartford, Simsbury and Plainville. All events are free and open to the public.