Special Olympics Pennsylvania #50for50: Lily Malatak

#50for50: Volume 22
β–ͺ️ Lily Malatak
β–ͺ️ 11 years old
β–ͺ️ Allegheny County

As told by Lily’s mother, Amy Malatak: “When she’s in a crowd of more than a couple people, she likes to sit back and watch people first. The first couple of times at practice, she just kind of watched. But the more she did it, the more she loved it. Now she knows everyone by name, has friends, gets excited about going every week. She plays soccer, basketball and track & field, but basketball is definitely her favorite. She gets so excited for the chance to win a medal. She thinks that’s the best thing ever. She’s never really had a fear of anything, but I think being in the competition aspect of it gives her confidence that I’m not sure was there before. … The athletes are just an amazing group of people. The volunteers and parents all work so well together, it’s just really a great organization to be a part of. Everyone gets so excited about it, which makes the athletes get excited. … This was going to be our first year doing Summer Games, but unfortunately it was cancelled. We’ve been getting emails from the coaches to keep in touch. And encouraged to do the workouts that are put on Facebook. A lot of parents have done Zoom meetings, but it’s hard for the athletes for sure. … We have our good days and bad days. Lily doesn’t quite get it. She’s used to going out and doing things and not really understanding why she can’t is hard. The longer it goes on, the harder it is for her. It’s hard for her not to be in her routine. And it’s hard to keep a routine in a situation like this. We go on daily walks and she brings her stroller with her doll in it. She loves swinging on the swing set, so we ended up purchasing a swing for one of our trees. She’s on that almost every single day. That has been a new routine.”

Commit to Fit, Volume 24

It’s Friday! We made it!! And believe it or not, we’ve arrived upon the 24th workout in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s π—–π—’π— π— π—œπ—§ 𝗧𝗒 π—™π—œπ—§ video series! πŸ’ͺ🍎☺️

Today’s session is led by the incomparable Scott Otterbein, our Long-Distance Running/Walking and Athletics Sport Director! Scott, who represents Montgomery County will talk to us about goal-setting and personal bests and also share some very helpful stretching techniques with us!

And remember — check back every weekday at 10:30 a.m. EST for a new workout video. If you missed any of the previous workouts, you can find them here:

Commit to Fit, Volume 23

If you close your eyes, you can smell the Kentucky bluegrass and Tony Luke’s for this edition of Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s π—–π—’π— π— π—œπ—§ 𝗧𝗒 π—™π—œπ—§! πŸ’ͺ🍎☺️

Today we’re so excited to have the 23rd workout in our series be led by a trio of Philadelphia Phillies Ballgirls: Lauryn, Carly & Ashley! They will demonstrate forearm planks and the superman for us and also are really making us miss baseball! ⚾

And remember — check back every weekday at 10:30 a.m. EST for a new workout video. If you missed any of the previous workouts, you can find them here:

Commit to Fit, Volume 22

If the days of the week are starting to blend together, don’t worry we’ve got a helpful tip: it’s Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s π—–π—’π— π— π—œπ—§ 𝗧𝗒 π—™π—œπ—§ day! πŸ’ͺ🍎

Today’s session, the 22nd in our series, is led by a trio from Dallastown Area School District / York County: our 2019 Coach of the Year, Deb Gable, her son (who’s also a Unified partner) Brooks Gable and athlete Tyler Zahos! They will demonstrate some awesome hand-eye coordinator exercises for us and Tyler will follow up with a health tip and a surprise at the end!

And remember — check back every weekday at 10:30 a.m. EST for a new workout video. If you missed any of the previous workouts, you can find them here:

Commit to Fit, Volume 21

Happy Tuesday, fam! We’re so excited to share the 21st workout in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s π—–π—’π— π— π—œπ—§ 𝗧𝗒 π—™π—œπ—§ video series!Β πŸ’ͺ🍎☺️

Today’s session is led by three dental students from theΒ University of Pittsburgh School of Dental MedicineΒ Shelly Wu, Raisin Saini and Sewon Hwang! They will demonstrate three exercises for us: high knees, jumping squats and criss-cross crunches! And afterward be sure to stay tuned for some AMAZING oral hygiene tips!!

And remember — check back every weekday at 10:30 a.m. EST for a new workout video. If you missed any of the previous workouts, you can find them here: