This year marks a 50-year milestone for Special Olympics New Hampshire. In an effort to be certain that all the constituents of Special Olympics New Hampshire know what they need to about this celebratory year, a Senior Manager has been named for all communications regarding the statewide organization.
Long-time broadcaster Mark Ericson has been named to the post just as Special Olympics New Hampshire prepares to celebrate its golden anniversary. Ericson has long been associated with Special Olympics in a volunteer capacity having participated in and hosted the SONH Winter Water Sports activities each year. Those include the Penguin Plunge at Hampton Beach and the Winni Dip each year on Lake Winnipesaukee. “Mark’s involvement with the plunge goes back 20 years and he’s been at the Winni Dip for as long as it has existed” according to Special Olympics President Mary Conroy.
Ericson notes “It’s such an amazing organization providing world-class sporting events to nearly 3000 Special Olympics athletes here in New Hampshire.” Mary Conroy says of the position “Mark will be sort of our traffic cop for information. He has worked with so many members of the media in New Hampshire that it makes him a natural choice to be our liaison to those who want to share our stories.”
Most notably Ericson spent 22 years at one of the state’s larger country radio stations. 19 of those years were spent hosting one of the highest rated morning shows in New Hampshire. That morning show was what first brought him together with Special Olympics New Hampshire. Ericson is also currently serving on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters as the Immediate Past Chairman and was named “Broadcaster of the Year” by the trade association in 2008.
Ericson adds “The dedication of the staff and volunteers of SONH is a high standard that I hope to live up to. The sheer joy of the athletes at all age levels is just such a thrill to witness and I’m looking forward to the State Summer Games at UNH on June 7 and 8 and our coming year of celebrating the 50th anniversary.”
About Special Olympics New Hampshire
Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) is an accredited program of Special Olympics International (SOI) and is part of an international global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Learn more at www.sonh.org.