Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Today’s PATRIOTIC PORTRAIT honors Lois Arace of Pittstown, NJ.  She was named “Individual Volunteer of the Year at the Area Level” by Special Olympics New Jersey.  The award was given at the organization's annual dinner that was held December 26. This award is only given to one person a year in New Jersey.
Lois has been volunteering for the Special Olympics for over 30 years in Hunterdon.
She was nominated for the award by fellow volunteers, her area director, Joyce Kirchin, and several athletes’ parents.   She has coached more sports than any other area coach and her background includes cross country skiing, Alpine skiing, bowling, cycling, and bocce. She also served as director of the area bowling program for more than 15 years.
Lois has served as the area treasurer for many years, been a member of the Area Executive Committee, assumed the position of awards director at the area track & field and aquatics meets, and coached and chaperoned at many state games.
As a coach, she has changed the lives of her athletes and their families. As a committee member and event volunteer, she helped to create the structure and execution of the Special Olympics program in Hunterdon County and as a fundraiser, she helped to support it.
At age 84, she is the epitome of what every Special Olympics volunteer and coach should be: knowledgeable, caring, giving, spirited and dedicated to the athletes in their charge.

We salute you, Lois, for dedicating so much of your time and efforts to your fellow Americans.
The 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games are coming to New Jersey and will be held from June 13-21. About 3,500 athletes will be participating.

Patriots, if you would like to volunteer, register an athlete, become a coach or a corporate sponsor, please contact Joyce Kirchin at 908-236-7807.
Be Proud – Be Patriotic – Love America

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