Special Olympics Montana University- Professional Development for Volunteers
When I heard about the new Special Olympics Montana University (SOMTU) program I was excited and nervous at the same time. I was excited that the program offered free leadership training and nervous that it would be another commitment on an already busy schedule. I am so glad that I went for it. Throughout the program I was very impressed with the instructors and material presented. The staff valued our time as volunteers and it showed. The first session included Covey’s 7 Habits for Managers and an introduction to Prezi, a fresh approach to presentations that I now use on a regular basis. After graduation I looked back at the experience and found that it was not a strain on my time. I made many new friends who are key players in the Montana Special Olympics movement. SOMTU has expanded my leadership skills both in my role as a Special Olympics and Torch Run volunteer as well as my role as a spokesman for the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office where I work. Thank you SOMTU!
Jason has been involved with the Torch Run since 1999. In that time he has served as a Runner, Leg Leader, Montana Regional Coordinator and Special Event Coordinator. Jason currently serves as the Assistant Director for LETR MT and has sat on the International Executive Council as the Region 8 coordinator and Chairman to the regional coordinators. Jason was on the Final Leg team in Japan and a Running Team Leader for Final Legs in Iowa and Greece. Jason has been married to his wife Angela for 16 years and has two children, Breanna 14 and Cole 10. Jason has said, “I am forever indebted to Special Olympics Athletes and their families for greatly enriching my life”.