Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SONA 2016 Coach of the Year Finalist, Tammy Powell

Congratulations are extended to Coach Tammy Powell from Special Olympics Pennsylvania - Lycoming County who is among thirteen individuals representing the United States, Canada and the Caribbean that were named 2016 Coach of the Year finalists.  The finalists represent Special Olympics North America’s (SONA) most exemplary coaches - true leaders and dedicated volunteers who serve as role models to other coaches, inside and outside of Special Olympics. SONA recently announced that Penny McDowall from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, has been named the 2016 Coach of the Year.

The Coach of the Year Award was established in the late 1980’s and is given annually to an active, certified Special Olympics coach who has met several criteria, particularly their having made a significant and demonstrable impact on local Special Olympics Programs and their communities. There are more than 130,000 coaches within SONA, providing instruction and competition in more than 32 sports. The impressive scope and contributions of all those coaches, puts this momentousness of this award into perspective.

About Tammy Powell
Tammy Powell is highly regarded as an ideal Special Olympics coach and is well respected by everyone around her.

In her five years with Special Olympics, Tammy has become one of our program’s most involved coaches and currently holds certifications in aquatics, basketball and bowling.

Not only does Tammy give so generously of her time to Special Olympics as a coach, but she finds time to volunteer with a number of other groups.  In addition to being named Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Coach of the Year for 2016, she was named Challenger Baseball League Volunteer of the Year in 2014 and was again nominated for the award in 2016.

As a Special Olympics coach, Tammy has displayed extraordinary respect and care for others which truly supports the mission of Special Olympics. Her ability to communicate effectively and her positive attitude have helped quadruple the number of participants in her aquatics program over four years.

Tammy is a natural leader who can motivate those around her to believe in their abilities and to do their very best. 

Pictured Above: Coach Tammy Powell from Lycoming County pictured at center with former Special Olympics PA (SOPA) Board Chairman Greg Stewart and President & CEO Matt Aaron after receiving the SOPA 2016 Coach of the Year Award.