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Eversource Volunteers Ready to Welcome Back Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games Athletes

Feb 22, 2022

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West Hartford resident directing cross-country skiing and snowshoe competitions

BERLIN, Conn. – Chris Keever of West Hartford has never been one for the limelight. Several years ago, Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) gave him an “Unsung Hero” award in recognition of his efforts to help make cross-country skiing, part of SOCT’s Winter Games competition at Eversource’s Windsor facility, a success. Now, after a one-year hiatus due to COVID, the Games are back in Windsor and some 20 years after becoming a Winter Games volunteer, the Eversource employee is assuming the title of Director of Competition – overseeing the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing races. For Keever, the Winter Games is more than a volunteer opportunity, it’s a family affair.

“It’s a big family thing - my wife and kids have come every year to opening ceremonies since I started volunteering and when the boys each turned 10, they became course helpers and continue to do so. They’re hooked,” said Keever. “This year we’re still navigating the pandemic and while the Games will be only one day instead of the usual weekend, I had no hesitancy taking the director’s role because of our other “family,” the team of volunteers, many who also come back year after year.”

Keever with (left to right), wife Laura, son Will, daughter Ellie and son Charlie

Eversource’s volunteer snowmakers – the only team that makes snow exclusively for a Special Olympics state Winter Games event – have been busy running the snow guns and preparing the course. But the forecasted rain and warm temperatures leading up to the Games could make things difficult. As an Eversource Supervisor in Distribution Outage Coordination, Keever is experienced in making any necessary adjustments and will do what it takes to make sure the Games go on.

“Ten years ago, I said it’s the smiles on the athletes faces that brings me back year after year and that’s the same today,” added Keever. “The spirit of the games is to be open to anyone with a mental or physical handicap and we have athletes of all ability levels. We’ve integrated technology to help us officiate and report results better, and we’re committed to giving these athletes the best experience we can.”

On Saturday, February 26, approximately 75 athletes of all ages from across Connecticut will be competing in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Eversource’s Windsor facility at 1985 Blue Hills Avenue Extension (Route 187). Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. and the competition gets underway at 10 a.m.

For more information on Special Olympics Connecticut, visit, and follow Special Olympics Connecticut and Eversource on Facebook and Twitter (#SOCTGames).

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Mitch Gross
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