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Coach Marty Joyce

Coach Marty Joyce

It was a special evening at our Board of Commissioners Meeting on July 16th. VPD Commissioners, Staff and Veterans Park District Special Olympics Athletes honored Marty Joyce, Golf Instructor and GPA Pro. Thomas Olson, Board President and Kathy Thomas, Special Recreation Olympics Coordinator presented Marty with a plaque that stated: Marty Joyce, A wonderful coach who has greatly enhanced Veterans Park District's Special Olympics Program, Your patience, guidance and encouragement has helped our golf athletes to gain self-confidence, learn the sills and Love the Sport, Thank You.
Marty Joyce started as VPD Special Olympics Golf instructor in 2010. He has coached a number of athletes in the years he has worked with us. His kindness, patience, and attention to detail has helped our golfers improve their skills, gain self confidence in their abilities, and encouraged them to do their very best. He cheers their accomplishments no matter how big or how small. He gives pep talks when golfers are having a difficult time with a skill. Marty makes practice fun!
Even though Marty has had a challenging time with his health this year, his love for our athletes and the game, did not keep him from making sure our Special Olympic Golf program would continue.

In 2015, under Marty's guidance, the Special Olympics Illinois Region C Golf Skills competition moved to White Pines Golf Course. In 2016 the first competition took place there. Marty set up the event and brought in semi pro golfers to judge the seven components of this event. Due to Marty's commitment to Special Olympics Illinois Golf, July 17th will be the third year that the Region C Golf Skills event is being held at White Pines Golf Club. Continuing his commitment to the smooth running and successful event, Marty was at White Pines last week meeting with Katie Grishan, Special Olympics Illinois Region C Director. In addition to Marty's instructing and coaching, with his own time and personal money, Marty built a golf apparatus to assist the Olympians with each skill. These items were initially meant for VPD's Special Olympics Golf practices, but Special Olympics Illinois liked them so much, that they are using them for next year's competition.
On behalf of Veterans Park District and our Special Olympic Golf athletes — Congratulations Coach Marty! We all love you!

Coach Marty Joyce

Special Recreation Carnival

Special Recreation Carnival

On Saturday, June 2nd, the Special Recreation Department kicked off its 2018 Summer Carnival at Trumbull Park. This free event was open to our community of all abilities. Over 200 families and friends come out to enjoy this great event as they indulged in great food, live entertainment, music, games, raffles and more.
We are always excited and pleased to provide our communities with this great event!


 

2018 Summer Special Olympics Games

2018 Summer Special Olympics Games

Special Recreation Dance
On June 15-17 eight Veterans Park District Special Olympic athletes drove to Bloomington, IL to compete in the 50th Anniversary Summer Games. Our youngest bocce players Trinity and Bryonna Bryant won a bronze medal in unified bocce. Amy Costa won a Bronze medal in mini javelin. The remaining five athletes did not get a chance to compete due to extreme weather. The Summer Games were canceled at noon on Saturday. Missy Broz and unified bocce partner Tim Breslin, Shelly Coleman and unified bocce partner Mike Lund, and Ersilia Cesario who competes in softball throw made up the remaining Veterans Park District team.

 

VPD Building & Grounds

VPD Building & Grounds


Veterans Park District Building and Grounds Department had an extremely busy Summer. Several of our parks received new landscaping, sod, mulch, shrubs, trees, flowers and plants. We are nearly complete with our "New Trash Can Replacement Project" and "Gazebo Painting Project" at fourteen of our parks. Field lights have been upgraded and repaired at Bulger Park and Grant Park with new bulbs, fixtures and wiring. A new shade canopy and pool heaters were installed at Gouin Park Pool. The Cimbalo Women's Locker Room was remodeled and new racquetball courts installed. Also, this Fall the floor at Grant Park Gym is being resurfaced and construction will start on our new, first in the surrounding area, wheelchair accessible swing!

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Greg Stanczyk – Assistant Director of Recreation

Greg Stanczyk – Assistant Director of Recreation

Greg StanczykGreg Stanczyk is the new Assistant Director of Recreation for the Veterans Park District. His responsibilities include Day Camps, Special Events, Active Adults and Marketing. Greg's previous job titles include Summer Camp Director for the Park District of LaGrange, Recreation Assistant at the Westmont Park District, Building Supervisor for the Downers Grove Park District and Program Manager with the Park District of Franklin Park. He graduated with a degree in Parks and Recreation from George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Greg is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional issued by the National Recreation and Park Association. His most recent accomplishment is presenting a session titled: Developing Teens into Young Professionals at the 2018 Soaring to New Heights Conference.

"Swing into Kindness" Update

"Swing into Kindness" Update

emptyDid you know Veterans Park District and Leyden Alumni "Leydenettes" are combining their efforts to raise funds for a wheelchair swing? The Liberty Swing is coming soon to Gouin Park in Franklin Park and will provide years of beneficial excitement for youth as well as adult users! Veterans Park District has offered several fundraisers throughout the summer months to help raise funds. Gouin Pool offered Cup Cake Sales in June and Shark Jello during Shark Week in late July. Our elementary-aged day camps offered a district wide lemonade sale in the various communities that make up the district's boarders. All proceeds went towards the Swing Into Kindness Campaign! Thank you for your support and raising awareness to this worthy cause. Construction will begin in early fall.
Please join the "Leydenettes" for a fundraising event at the Underpass Restaurant & Lounge in Franklin Park on Saturday, September 22. The fundraiser will start at 6 PM and is offering free entertainment in the later part of the evening. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Your ticket includes food from 6:30-8:30pm and one complementary raffle ticket. All funds raised from ticket sales and raffle will be donated to the Swing Into Kindness Campaign! For more information on how to donate towards the wheel chair swing and to purchase tickets for this event contact Anastacia Fratto at swingintokindness@gmail.com.