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Volunteers Sought for Special Olympics
There are still a variety of opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to volunteer and be part of this exciting and inspirational event. This is the third year that the University is hosting the Regional Games. In previous years, the event took place after Commencement; since this year’s games are earlier, students have a unique opportunity to get involved.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Keith Distel at email@example.com, or Fred Jenoure at 768.4894 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 1,200 athletes from eastern and central Connecticut, along with 350 coaches, family members and friends, will be coming to the University of Hartford and neighboring Weaver High School and Watkinson School for the regional games on May 13.
The day’s events will begin with Opening Ceremonies at the Sports Center, starting at 9 a.m. The master of ceremonies will be NBC 30 meteorologist Garett Argianas. Leading the participants in the Athlete’s Oath will be former Boston Celtics player and coach K.C. Jones, a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame and special assistant to Director of Athletics Pat Meiser-McKnett.
After the Opening Ceremonies, the athletes will head to competitions in tennis, soccer, track and field, and aquatics at three locations. Aquatics competitions will be held at the University. Two types of soccer games, unified and traditional, will be held at Watkinson School. (Unified games are played by Special Olympians and volunteer athletes.) Weaver High School will host track and field, race walking, wheelchair, and adaptive games.
An “Olympic Town,” entertainment, and award ceremonies will be held throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at each location.
“The Regional Games are extraordinary because they involve,” said Marc Mercadante, Special Olympics Connecticut Eastern Region director. “Many people have worked very hard in preparation for this day. It’s a celebration of competition and achievement.”
For more information, visit www.hartford.edu/soct.