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SEASPAR's Spartans Blue Volleyball Team Takes Gold at Special Olympics

Oct 25, 2018 02:19PM ● By Hannah Ott

Downers Grove, IL - The Spartans Blue Volleyball Team trained by the South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation (SEASPAR) earned a gold medal at the Special Olympics Illinois Fall Games in Rockford this October 20 & 21. 

The Special Olympics Illinois Fall Games is one of nine state sports competitions, and the culminating competition for athletes winning a gold medal at a local event in Volleyball and those participating in Equestrian. More than 700 athletes competed in the event.

Both of SEASPAR’s Spartans Volleyball teams qualified to compete at the Fall Games. The Spartans Blue Team earned the gold medal in Division 7, and the Spartans White Team earned the silver medal in Division 2.

The Division 7 Spartans Blue team competitors were Michele Forzley and Wayne Neumann of Westmont, Jeff Osowski and David Svitak of Downers Grove, Tyler Reineke of La Grange Park, Christina Schutz of Darien, and Samantha Wagner and Jeff Wiemerslage of Woodridge. Teammate JoAnn Adamski of Downers Grove did not compete.

The Division 2 Spartans White team competitors were Mark Buglio, Adam Sikora, and Molly Sosnowski of Lisle, Anna Cavallo of Downers Grove, Sarah Cavanaugh and Melissa Engelhardt of La Grange Park, Nate Church of La Grange, and Erin Mannix of Westmont. Teammate Ben Sojka of Lisle did not compete.

Both teams also competed in the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section Volleyball Tournament hosted by SEASPAR on October 7 at the Park District of La Grange. The tournament hosted 14 teams from special recreation associations and park districts across northern Illinois. Athletes from Serve City Volleyball of Wheaton volunteered for the event.

SEASPAR trains athletes for Special Olympics competitions in Alpine Skiing, Athletics (track and field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball, Snowshoeing, Swimming, Tennis, and Volleyball. SEASPAR’s athletes compete in Special Olympics events throughout the year. For more information about SEASPAR’s Special Olympics program or other recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities, visit or call 630-960-7600.

The SEASPAR Spartans Blue Volleyball Team poses with the trophy and gold medals they earned at the Special Olympics Illinois Fall Games. (Pictured, from left: Coach Don Egan, Wayne Neumann of Westmont, Jeff Osowski of Downers Grove, Samantha Wagner of Woodridge, Tyler Reineke of La Grange Park, Michele Forzley of Westmont, David Svitak of Downers Grove, Tyler Reineke of La Grange Park, Jeff Wiemerslage of Woodridge, Christina Schutz of Darien, and Coach Gary Naberhaus.)


Source: Morgan Mason 630-789-9196