NEW HARTFORD, Conn. - Members from three UConn athletic programs (Men's Swimming and Diving, Women's Swimming and Diving and Men's Track and Field) volunteered at the Special Olympics at Ski Sundown earlier this month (March 1) in conjunction with the University of Connecticut Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
More than 30 Connecticut student-athletes took part in the event, performing a variety of jobs throughout the afternoon. The Huskies took on roles as gate judges, timers, starting coordinators and athlete escorts, also helping with crowd control.
"It was an incredibly rewarding experience," UConn sophomore swimmer Margot Manning said. "It was nice to see other athletes just enjoying their sport and having a good time interacting with each other."
This month's event was just one of several community outreach programs that the UConn SAAC organization takes part in each year. The student group was created to provide Connecticut student-athletes with a voice in local communities and create community service opportunities for Husky athletes to participate in.
"It was a lot of fun, and they really did appreciate all of our help," UConn men's track athlete Michael O'Donnell said of his time at Ski Sundown. "Everyone thanked us a lot and they were all so happy we were helping out."
The Special Olympics Connecticut organization helps provide year-round sports training in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For a look at even more photos of the Special Olympics at Ski Sundown, you can go to its Facebook page HERE.