Volunteers Make Snow for Upcoming Local Special Olympics Winter Games | Connecticut News
WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) – A symphony of snow cannons has signaled the return of some beloved Special Olympics events.
At sunrise, artificial snow fell outside Eversource’s offices in Windsor thanks to a small, trembling army of volunteers.
“Looks like you’re crazy doing it but it’s worth it.”
“Showtime is coming up and we’re really looking forward to it.”
It’s show time.
Special Olympics athletes compete cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on approximately one and a half acres of Eversource property.
This year’s races are fast approaching.
“It’s a lot of hard work and stuff, but on the weekend of the event you see the athletes and their family and friends come out to cheer them on, it’s the city of smiles,” Andy said. Ouellette.
The Snow Ouellette director says those smiles will be even brighter after the 2021 events are canceled due to COVID.
Ouellette and her team worked overtime.
“A minute after the Super Bowl, we came out of that trailer and turned everything on and we’ve been going ever since,” Ouellette said.
“They’re amazing,” Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross said. “They’re watching the forecast closely, they’re firing the guns whenever they can and then they’ll go to work in a few days with leveling and course preparation to make sure the conditions are as perfect as possible for athletes.”
The events are scheduled for February 26.
Andy has done this long enough to know that in the end, every drop of sweat and every artificial snowflake is worth it.
“You see families cheering people on and when the athletes get their awards, it’s worth it,” Ouellette said.
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