ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Joseph Tafolla is an amazing Polk County athlete. He is 21 years old and has been participating with Polk County for the past three years. In the 2013 Summer State Games, he competed in the 100m dash (division M01) and he earned the silver medal. He credits his success to dedication, hard work, positive coaches, and his teammates…for always supporting him and challenging him to do his best.
Joseph loves all sports but his all time favorite is basketball. Joseph’s hobbies consist of hanging out with his friends and....of course.... playing basketball on the hoop he has in his yard. Joseph arrives at every practice and every competition with the will and desire to do better than the previous week and does so with the sportsmanship and excellence that Special Olympics strives to inspire.He is a leader and role model for the other athletes.
Joseph has a long term goal of going to national games in either basketball or athletics and definitely has the heart and will power to achieve that goal.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Pam Boston is one SUPER volunteer! She has volunteered with Special Olympics Oregon for the past five years, but volunteering is a way of life for her. She was in the Peace Corp and has volunteered somewhere ever since that experience. Pam’s official title with Special Olympics Oregon is Volunteer Coordinator for Josephine County, but this woman is like an octopus…she’s everywhere! If she is needed for Special Olympics at either a local or State level she’s there. When she heard they were short on volunteers for bocce in Eugene, she drove up to assist. That was the day before her own local Regional Bocce competition was held in Medford where she also assisted.
One of the many examples of Pam’s outstanding service is when she volunteered to be the “Right Arm” to HOD (Head of Delegation) for summer games. She took her car to Newburg so she could transport equipment and be there for transportation between venues and the hotel, pick up ongoing supplies (water, towels, etc.) and assist wherever she was needed. Imagine the surprise and pleasure of coaches when they arrived back at the hotel Saturday night and found all athletes had clean uniforms neatly folded and placed on their beds – all thanks to Pam’s visit to the laundromat. In addition, she does all of this with a smile and sunny disposition. She is the first one to express gratitude to others, while never seeking any herself.
Pam is the first one to volunteer to do anything throughout the year including providing refreshments for registration night and using her personal van to help reduce the cost of transportation. She is truly our “Jack of all Trades” and “Master of All”.