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A Special Day at the University
The swimming events at Saturday's Special Olympics Connecticut Eastern Regional Games took place in the Sports Center.
The University, in conjunction with Weaver High School and Watkinson School, hosted the games for the third year in a row. The athletes enjoyed a great day, competing in aquatics, track and field, as well as wheelchair and adaptive sports. Hundreds of coaches and volunteers were also in attendance.
The games opened with a parade of athletes through the Sports Center for the opening ceremonies. Teams from Hartford, Tolland, Windham, Middlesex, and New London counties were accompanied in the procession by a Hartford Police Honor Guard.
Garett Argianas, weekend meteorologist at NBC 30, served as master of ceremonies. The Bloomfield High School Concert Band performed at the ceremonies under the direction of University alumnus Joseph Olzacki.
John Lobon, Special Olympics board member, thanked President Walter Harrison and Director of Athletics Pat Meiser-McKett for opening the University’s doors to Special Olympics athletes and giving back to the community. Fred Jenoure, special assistant to the president and University ombudsman, coordinated the games on behalf of the University of Hartford.
“On behalf of the three institutions [The University of Hartford, Weaver High School and the Watkinson School], I’d like to welcome you today and wish you the greatest success in today’s competition,” said Harrison.
TD Banknorth Inc., St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford Magazine, and SAP America, Inc., were recognized for their continued support and sponsorship of the Special Olympics Eastern Region Games.