4th Annual "Cabin' Trip to South Lake Tahoe

RESERVE YOUR CABIN NOW for our FOURTH Annual Cabin Trip to South Lake Tahoe!!!!   This year’s dates are Sept. 30- Oct. 3. If interested in attending please contact Heather Haskin at 916-532-4773.  Our Third Annual camping trip to Sunny South Lake Tahoe was an unforgetable time! This year we have once again rented all seven cabins at Spruce Grove (www.sprucegrovetahoe.com) to share between 7-8 families.  Come prepared for fun, games, and great adventures.  So much is planned for this year’s event and we can’t wait to share our adventurous photos with you!  So be sure to check back at our website often for updates, because much more is to come!  Quite possibly you may find a fun DVD clip of our trip, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Sixth Annual "Cruisin' For Down Syndrome" and Super Charged Chili Cook-Off

Please join us for our Sixth Annual “Cruisin’ For Down Syndrome” and Super Charged Chili Cook-Off on June 25-26, 2010 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, CA. This year we have many events for you to participate in. Please see below,

Friday June 25th

Registration: 4pm at the Fairground Gates
Street Cruise: 6-7pm through old Town Auburn
“Super-Charged Chili Cook-Off”: 7-10pm

*Live music will be played all night.  Spectator fee is $3 at the gate and 12 and under are FREE.  Chili Kits (tasting cup, spoon and napkin) can be purchased for $5 per kit per person.

*Interested in being a Chili or Cornbread Cook? Please visit our website www.NDSCoalition.org or call Heather Haskin at 916-532-4773 for more details.

Saturday June 26th

Pancake Breakfast: 7-9am
Lunch: Starts 11am (Hot Dog Lunch to include chips and a drink)
Awards: 2pm

*Other days events to include, Raffle, Silent Auction, 50/50, Oldies band, awards, and so much more.

This is an event you don’t want to miss. For more registration information please click on the “Cruisin’ For Down Syndrome” box on our homepage at www.NDSCoalition.org or call Heather Haskin at 916-532-4773 or Jason Haskin at 916-749-0095. All proceeds from the show go to benefit the local efforts of the National Down Syndrome Coalition.  Hope to see you all there!

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Special Olympian has golden attitude

Placer High grad doesn’t let Down syndrome diagnosis stop her
By Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer

Ben Furtado/Auburn Journal
Placer High School graduate Katie Van Groningen has won several medals in Special Olympic swimming competitions, including two gold medals from a recent regional event. Van Groningen, 19, is active in other sports, including the Special Olympics bowling team.

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At first glance Katie Van Groningen might look like a 19-year-old girl but when she dives into a pool it’s as though she transforms into an aquatic animal.

Barely ever coming up for air, Van Groningen’s methodical strokes and determined spirit have earned her numerous Special Olympics medals, including the two gold medals she recently won at a regional competition in Roseville.

“It felt pretty special,” Van Groningen said of receiving gold medals.

And despite being diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after birth, Van Groningen said she’s never  Continue reading

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Mom dedicated to kids with down syndrome, families

By Karen Meyer

May 8, 2009 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Everyone’s mother is special. But some go an extra mile to make significant changes for their children.

Northwest suburban Nancy Gianni is one of them. She is dedicated to making the world a better place for individuals with down syndrome.

Five-and-a-half years ago, Nancy Gianni created Gigi’s Playhouse in Hoffman Estates for children with down syndrome and their families. They have now five playhouses, and with Nancy’s commitment, they will have them all over the United States. Continue reading

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World champion swimmer with Down syndrome is the pride of Tonga

Friday, May 8, 2009

From Matangi Tonga:

DARWIN, Australia — World-record holder Tahnee Afuhaamango has got to be Tonga’s best-kept secret. The young Tongan-Australian swimming sensation not only became the overall World Female Champion at the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation Championships in Portugal last December, but over the last four years she has smashed world records and won several gold medals representing Tonga.

Known as the “Territory superfish” Continue reading

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