Young Athletes preparing for Special Olympics lost their training facility, but – Rolly Pollies stepped in!

November 5, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

When Jim and Danielle Fleckenstein heard that kids with the Young Athletes Program lost their training facility – they knew they just had to help. So, they opened the doors to their gym, Rolly Pollies – free of charge to the group. And boy, are they glad they did.

Sunday morning, dozens of athletes spent time training hard for the WNY Special Olympics.  It is something special to watch these amazing kids work hard to accomplish something on behalf of all of us. The training helps the kids develop physically – and also helps them to build self-esteem and confidence – while being with other children in a great social setting.

The athletes will train at Rolly Pollies once a month until the games begin. For the owners of the local kids’ gym now with three locations (Orchard Park, East Amherst and North Buffalo) this was a no-brainer, ”

“This amazing Young Athletes program matches well with Rolly Pollies’ mission of developing a child physically, emotionally and socially to build self-esteem and confidence needed for a healthy and successful life. Seeing these beautiful children and their families working so hard in our gym is amazing and we can’t wait to watch them at the Special Olympics Games!”

Western New York Special Olympics is a wonderful organization for children with special needs and their families.

Good luck to the amazing athletes! We can’t wait to cheer you on!!!

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About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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