Special Olympics Pennsylvania #50for50: Jane Burget

#50for50: Volume 24
β–ͺ️ Jane Burget
β–ͺ️ 66 years old
β–ͺ️ Blair County

“[My son] Garran went to Summer Games for the first time and he had never been away from me overnight. Maybe with a family member or something like that, but nothing this long. He was 14 and he knew Penn State because the whole family went there. And so I went to Opening Ceremonies and he’s waving goodbye to me with tears in his eyes and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god, I’m the worst person in the world. I’m leaving him.’ But, if anything, that experience and his experiences in Special Olympics have given him a significant amount of independence and confidence. I don’t know what else he would be doing if he wasn’t doing Special Olympics. … IΒ think seeing Garran get his first medal at Summer Games in tennis was probably one of the best moments for me. It was the kind of thing that brings tears to your eyes. He played in high school and got into one match a year. He didn’t win, but he was excited to have played. And so to see him win his first medal, he was thrilled to have that around his neck. That’s my most cherished memory. … In 2014, Garran and another athlete from our county, Heather Thomas, were chosen to represent Pennsylvania at the National Games in New Jersey. I applied and was accepted to be the tennis coach. It was a unique experience for me because I never coached at that level, but we helped each other out. They were long days, though. Once youΒ got the athletes settled there was always laundry to do, planning, making sure everyone had their medications. But some of our athletes had never been out of Blair County, so to get to go to New Jersey and go on a cruise around the Statue of Liberty was a great experience. … I taught elementary for 34 years in the Bellwood-Antis School District. My dad was in the Navy,Β so we moved a lot,Β but then my parents ended up staying [in the Altoona area]. When my oldest son [Adam] was 11 and Garran was seven my husband died unexpectedly of a heart attack. That was difficult. And at the same time, Garran’s grandmother was ill, so we were taking care of her. Garran was also having seizures but we pretty much got those under control and we joined Special Olympics in 2004. Tennis was absolutely the right fit because he knew the coach and he knew people on the team. We’ve developed some really great relationships across the state. We’ve met some very caring people. You help them and they help you. It’s really like a family.”

Commit to Fit, Volume 34

Guys, we did it! Another week! We are pumped for today’s 34th workout in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s π—–π—’π— π— π—œπ—§ 𝗧𝗒 π—™π—œπ—§ video series! πŸ’ͺ🍎☺️


Today, we’re super excited to bring you a workout led by Emi Perry, an Occupational Therapy student at Temple University! Emi has a fantastic upper-body workout for us, so if you’re ready let’s go!

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 33

The sun is out and it’s another fantastic day! We are pumped for today’s 33rd workout in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s π—–π—’π— π— π—œπ—§ 𝗧𝗒 π—™π—œπ—§ video series! πŸ’ͺ🍎☺️

Yesterday, we were led by Kyle McCloskey and today we’re led by his sister, Kiernan McCloskey — a volunteer with Montgomery County! Kiernan is going to demonstrate Sumo Squats and Dead Bugs (no, not murder hornets) for 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 32

Happy Wednesday, folks! We’re super excited about today’s 32nd 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 Penn State Basketball sophomore Kyle McCloskey, who also helps as a coach with Montgomery County. Today, Kyle’s going to show us how to do Pitcher Squats and an awesome core workout as well as share a great nutrition tip!

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 31

Hello everybody! Moving right along this week, we humbly present our 31st 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 Juniata College sophomore Hanne Scheel, who is a field hockey player and also the event director for the Central Fall Sectional. Today, she’s going to lead us in squat jumps and mountain climbers!

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: