On September 8, 2012 Michael Plappert was awarded the Athlete Leadership Award. This presentation occurred at the annual Pennsylvania Special Olympics Leadership conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg. Michael was chosen for this award because of his leadership roles as Global Messenger, as Coach, as Donor, as Volunteer, and as an Employee. Michael has been a Global Messenger for 5 years and has given more than 50 speeches to various organizations and school groups. He has been a Volunteer Swim Coach with the Dover High School for 12 years.
Pictured in the photo left to right are Tony Gillespie, Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Michael Plappert, and Matt Aaron, President & CEO of Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
Roxanne Dubbs was inducted into the 2012 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Hall of Fame on May 16 at a dinner at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. Over the years, Rox was Special Olympics York County manager, headed up Spring Games, served as Training Coordinator, started the volleyball program, started the soccer program, started the bocce program, worked with athletes to develop social skills and talents that would later become the Outreach Program, served as Outreach Coordinator, participated as Speech Coach in Global Messenger training, wrote more than 200 speeches for athletes and coaches, wrote and published the SOYC newsletter, worked with police officers on Law Enforcement Torch Run, was Head of Delegation for SOPA Summer Games, became certified in most of the SOYC sports and learned to sign so that she could communicate with hearing impaired athletes. Currently Rox photographs many major SOYC events and coaches bowling (which she had done since 1989). All of the above and more demonstrate Rox's commitment to the athletes and the SOYC program.