FCSO Athlete Leader Named

Athlete Leadership empowers athletes to develop leadership skills and utilize their voices and abilities to undertake meaningful leadership roles, influence change in the Special Olympics movement and create inclusive communities around the world. As athletes gain the confidence that comes with achievement, they feel empowered and ready to take on new challenges to make use of all their abilities.

Special Olympics is pushing for a more increase in athlete leadership from the state down to the local level for all organizations. As our programs grow and expand, having an athlete leader will help give the athlete’s a voice as they will advocate for the program.

After various deliberation and monitoring, we are excited to announce the first athlete leader for Fulton County Special Olympics will be Jason Pfund. Jason’s first task as an athlete leader will be going to present to the Wauseon Rotary in August.

Jason Pfund, 37, is the son of Nancy and Gary Haupricht. He went to Wauseon Schools. Jason has participated in Special Olympics since 1997, 21 years.

I first knew Jason would be a good fit for athlete leader after the TP Bike A Thon this spring. He ran our Special Olympics table and did an outstanding job. He talked with everyone that came up, explained our game to them, told them who we are, and even spilled some of his favorite things about Special Olympics!

Jason’s favorite sport is bowling and basketball. He enjoys playing sports with his friends. “Special Olympics helps me with my sportsmanship, getting along, and having a positive attitude. My favorite thing is winning gold as a team.” When asked about things he would like to see happen to our local program, he says sports like flag football and equestrian to be added. In addition, a ‘prom’ style dance, and forming his own athlete leader committee were at the top of his list.

Jason will hopefully be attending a leadership conference in the fall in Columbus to learn more about leadership, and meet other athlete leaders from throughout the state of Ohio. We’re excited for this next step in making the program what the athletes want!


Jaguars and Panthers Unite!

The summer pep squad team expanded on a unified front this August. The Jaguars were mentored and competed with the Delta cheerleading squad. Coach Emily Stockham wanted more bodies to help the Jaguars with their routine. Needless to say, she was impressed when a whole squad gave up their last minute summer plans to help us out!

The Jaguars/Panther squad competed Saturday August 18th at the Holgate cheerleading competition. Joel Reinking, Danelle Bodette, Kristina Ellis-Smith, Nick Weigand, and Bella Moon formed the Jaguar team. With a small squad of five, the Jaguars were thrilled to have the Panthers behind them.

The routine started off with a short chant of “Hustle and Heart”. The squad then performed their dance routine which consisted of a mix of songs including “Fly” by Avril Lavigne, and “Fight Song” By Rachel Platten. Nick Weigand showcased his skills by doing a cartwheel and kick halfway through the routine. Bella Moon also contributed a kick. The dance ended with Joel Reinking going into the splits out front. As the song ended with “I still got a lotta fight left in me” the whole squad came together and showed off those muscles. The crowded roared with applause. The team then finished with the brand new cheer, which included fan interaction, and Kristina Ellis-Smith and Bella Moon in a small lift– with special help from the Panther’s team.

After the routine was over, it was all smiles from both the Jaguars and Panthers. Not only did they nail their routine, they formed a unique bond. As the scores were tallied they showed off their dance moves as the DJ played various songs.

Finally, the scores were in! They sat together as a team as the judges announced the winners. With a three-way tie Fulton, Lucas, and Henry Co. all placed 1st place! Smiles were visible from the stands from both the athletes and mentors. Kristina Ellis-Smith accepted the trophy, and hugs, laughs, and even more smiles were seen.

As the night came to a close, everyone was thrilled, but a sense of sadness came over the Panthers. “We will really miss you guys!” said one of the cheerleaders. The panther’s coach Sheri Yoder already has plans to keep this relationship going. Be on the lookout for the Jaguars/Panther reuniting this basketball season!

Thank you, Panthers! Our athletes absolutely loved the time they had with you, and can’t wait for next year. It truly means the world!



Jaguar Gear For Sale!

Didn't get your order in? Someone decide they want to wear the Jaguar loud and proud?! This year- EXTRA GEAR was ordered! 

You can stop in to the office at TP to purchase! 

Tshirts M-XL: $13.00

             2XL: $15.00

Glitter Tshirts M-XL: $14.00

                        2XL: $16.00

3/4 Sleeve Baseball Tee M-XL: $18.00

                                          2XL: $20.00

Long Sleeve Dry-Fit M-XL: $20.00

                                   2XL: $22.00

Women's Shorts

(We have ONE pair of S, M, L, and XL): $20.00

Water Bottle: $5.00

Lanyard: $5.00

Wristband: $3.00