Bay D'Espoir woman knits hats for Newfoundland and Labrador Special Olympics team The team from Newfoundland and Labrador also wore matching handmade hats thanks to Jacqueline Champion of Bay D'Espoir.
Champion got the idea while she was on Facebook one day and read about Gander's Joe Philpott and the 2016 Special Olympic Scarf project. Philpott set a goal of having people knit 1,000 scarves coach outlet emails for the Games, but ended up with 3,400 scarves. "I thought it was a very worthwhile cause and my husband and I spend the winter at our cabin and I love knitting because it keeps me busy," Champion told The Pilot. "I got some wool and ended up knitting 17 scarves." All the athletes from across Canada have scarves in their provincial colours, but Champion thought why not give the Newfoundland and Labrador team that unique item. She approached Philpott and asked him for a number the number of athletes, flag bearers, etcetera that would need a hat he came back with 70. "No problem," Champion told him. "He asked me how much I would charge for the hats and I told him, 'Nothing.' I didn't want anything for them. It just felt good knowing I was doing it for the team." She tried to coach outlet purses gucci make salt and pepper caps, but didn't think she could get them to fit each person, so Champion decided on a regular stocking hat in red, yellow and green to match the scarves. One of the biggest challenges was getting wool since people were buying it up to make scarves. Champion would travel from Bay D'Espoir to coach outlet stores sawgrass mills Grand Falls Windsor to pick up balls of coach outlet store online backpack wool to keep her knitting. "I can't wait to see them on the athletes," she said. "I told Joe to send me some pictures and I'd say I'll cry." Champion doesn't have a personal connection to the Special Olympics, but she described it as a "heart warming feeling" to know she did her small part to support the team.
"The hats and the scarf project was something that brought people together regardless of age, location or skill," she said. "Regardless if you knit one scarf or 20 scarves, it brought awareness to the Games and you just know the athletes will treasure their hats and scarves long after the games are over.".
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