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For Immediate Release

Disability nonprofit, Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania, announces Ambassador Sam Thomas and invites you to join them at Office Olympix

February 27, 2023

Media Contact:
Colleen Felentzer

Lori McCann

Johnstown, PA, February 27, 2023:  Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania invites you to gather four of your besties and form a five-person team to battle it out in a competition of fun, frivolity and finesse in the 35th Office Olympix!  Teams from Summit Bank, Wessel & Co., Somerset Trust Co., Martin Baker America, Inc., and others are already practicing their skills for these competitive challenges. 

On Thursday, March 23, 2023, the Olympix kick off with registration at 5:00 PM and the games at 6:15 PM.  As part of the team registration fee, all members will receive dinner, free drinks (photo ID required) and a special Easterseals gift.  Teams are encouraged to dress reflecting this year’s theme of “Under the Sea.”  So, if there ever was a desire to be a great white shark or a flapjack octopus, this is the opportunity!  All funds raised benefit the programs and services that Easterseals provides for individuals with disabilities.

“At Easterseals, the very heart of our mission is helping members of the disability community with the services, programs and activities that are essential parts of living a full, happy and independent life,” states Colleen Felentzer, Communications and Events Specialist.  Colleen continues, “One of those members, who has benefited from our Johnstown speech therapy services, is Sam Thomas.  We are pleased to announce that Sam will be the 2023 Ambassador for the Johnstown Division and we look forward to working with him throughout the year.”

Diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth, Sam began with Easterseals services at three years of age. Initially, he was only able to say a few words and had difficulty communicating with others. Sam's speech and communication skills have come a long way and continue to develop with weekly sessions at Easterseals.

Sam is a very active high school student, who participates in a variety of sports and engages with many students and teachers throughout the school. Speech therapy is helping Sam learn functional skills to say words clearer and talk in sentences.   His new communication skills enable him to follow directions and prepare for his future more easily.

Event Details

What: 35th Annual Office Olympics

Theme:  In honor of the 35th year or Coral Anniversary, the theme will be “Under the Sea.” Teams are encouraged to dress in their favorite marine life animal

Where:  Richland Fire Hall - 1321 Scalp Avenue - Johnstown, PA  15904 

When: Thursday, March 23, 2023, Registration begins 5:00 PM, Games begin at 6:15 PM

How to Register:

Registration Fee:  $275/five-person team, includes dinner, drinks, Easterseals gift and all Olympix Challenges

“In the wake of the CoVID 19 pandemic, it's now more crucial  than ever to support this vital grassroots event that helps Easterseals provide services in the local community. We hope businesses and residents alike will join us for an exhilarating evening of fun on March 23 in support of this mission-driven event," says Lori McCann - Vice President – Development.

Media members are invited to join us and report on this event.   If you are interested, please email


Hearing and Speech Services are provided at the Easterseals Johnstown Office.  Hearing services include hearing tests, affordable hearing aids, hearing aid repair and more.  Speech services include speech and language evaluations and therapy for speech delays, Autism, stuttering, Apraxia and Cognitive difficulties.  Click here to find out more about the services available to everyone.  Most insurances are accepted.  To schedule an appointment, individuals can call (814) 535-5508 or e-mail: Annette Shearman at or Brandy Rogers at

Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania is leading the way to 100% equity, inclusion, and access for people with disabilities, families, and communities by focusing on five “E’s” - Enriching Education, Enhancing Health, Expanding Employment, Engaging Community and Elevating Transportation. Through well-designed programs and activities based on best practices; early intervention and autism services coupled with medical rehabilitation assistance; workforce training and job placement; and community living, camping and recreation opportunities and respite assistance among a myriad of other services, Easterseals continues towards accomplishing its mission.  For over 103 years, Easterseals has been and will continue to be the indispensable resource concerning disabilities for our community.

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