SOPA Board Member named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 Under 40”

We’re thrilled to share the news that our very own Board Member, Mike Trettel, was named to Pittsburgh Magazine‘s “40 Under 40” Class of 2019.

Trettel, who is the Director of Business Development at i+iconUSA, serves on Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s development and campaign committees and has become a regular at the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge. Extremely regular, in fact, as he is a “super plunger,” meaning he takes the icy dip 24 times within a 12-hour span!

To read more about Mike’s incredible honor, follow this link.

Volunteer Spotlight: Al Garzon

Every month we’ll spotlight a new Special Olympics Pennsylvania volunteer who has made an awesome impact on our community.

This month, we are proud to feature a man with many titles — Montgomery County Roller Skating Sports Director, Floor Hockey Official and Unified Partner, Al Garzon.

“Volunteering with Special Olympics is a reward. Every day our athletes face difficult challenges. If I can make things easier with just a smile, it is well worth it to me.”

– Al Garzon, Montgomery County

Al has been a longtime member of the Special Olympics movement. In 1987, the rink where he worked, skated, and met his wife started a Special Olympics Roller Skating program. Over the years, Al became a floor hockey official and a Unified partner in softball. Additionally, Al volunteers with basketball and soccer and has applied to be an official in three different World Games. It’s his lifetime goal to be selected.

Al also spends his time training and mentoring roller skating coaches and provides support to various floor hockey competitions throughout the state. Currently, three generations of Garzons volunteer at Fall Festival’s roller skating competition every year.