For Immediate Release

Easterseals Announces 2024 Johnstown Ambassadors and Office Olympics Theme

Pittsburgh, March 13, 2024

Media Contact:
Colleen Felentzer

Disability nonprofit, Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania Announces  2024 Ambassadors Sophia and Jessa Sheehan and Candy Land Office Olympix

Pittsburgh, PA, March 7, 2024:   On Thursday, March 21, 2024, the Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania kick off the 36th Annual Office Olympix with registration at 5:00 PM and the games commencing at 6:15 PM.  As part of the team registration fee, all members will receive dinner, drinks (photo ID required) and a special Easterseals gift.  The 29 registered teams are encouraged to dress reflecting this year’s theme of “Candy Land.”  So, if you ever had a desire to be Lord Licorice 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 achieve 100% equity, inclusion, and access,” states Colleen Felentzer, Communications and Events Specialist.  Colleen continues, “two of the students who have benefited from our Johnstown speech therapy services are Sophia and Jessa Sheehan and we are pleased to announce that they will serve as the 2024 Ambassadors for the Johnstown area, and we look forward to working with them throughout the year.”

Diagnosed at four and three years old, respectively, Sophia and Jessa share the challenges of Childhood Apraxia. They have come a long way since first coming to Easterseals.  Becky Sheehan, mother of Sophia and Jessa says, “Looking back at where we started, I know we would not be where we are today without Miss Annette Shearman. She’s improving the lives of our children. I could never thank her enough for what she has given my children…. a voice of their own!”

Event Details

What: 36th Annual Office Olympix

Theme:  Candy Land - Teams are encouraged to dress in candy-themed attire

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

When: Thursday, March 21, 2024, Registration begins 5:00 PM, Games begin at 6:15 PM

Event Website:

Candy Land Trivia - Candy Land was invented by Eleanor Abbott, a schoolteacher, who was in a polio ward, during the epidemic of the 1940s and '50s. The outbreak had forced children into extremely restrictive environments. (


Hearing and Speech Services are provided at the Easterseals Western and Central PA’s Johnstown Office.  Hearing services include hearing tests, affordable hearing aids, hearing aid repair and more.  Speech and Language services include therapy for children and adults with Autism, Apraxia, Down Syndrome, ADHD, and Developmental Delays.  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; community living, camping and recreation opportunities and respite assistance among a myriad of other services, Easterseals continues towards accomplishing its mission.  For over 104 years, Easterseals has been and will continue to be the indispensable resource concerning disabilities for our community.

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