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Milton To Host Special Olympics

by Andrew Beaudoin on Friday, April 25th, 2014

On Sunday, May 18th, Milton Academy will host the 2014 Spring Special Olympics. This national event provides Milton with an opportunity to bring together the local community through service.

Each year, athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities engage in year-round training that culminates in Special Olympics competitions throughout the world. Many Milton students coach these athletes year round on Sundays, working with them in preparation for Milton’s Winter and Spring Special Olympic competitions. The school graciously hosts two athletic events, reffing a tournament of basketball games in the Winter and planning the various track events for the Spring.

In preparation for this eventful day, the Special Olympic Staff and the Community Service Board work for several weeks in advance in order to gather volunteers, rent equipment, and organize the day. At 7:00 on Sunday morning, 700 Milton volunteers will be joined on campus by participants from Thayer Academy, Fontbonne Academy, a Sharon church group, and the Milton Fire and Police departments. In addition to the inter-school work, Elle Blake (I), Co-Head of Milton’s Community Service Board, explains, “the Spring Special Olympics is unique in that it brings together a large portion of the Milton Academy student body, from teams to club boards, everyone has the opportunity to get involved. In addition, Milton invites schools from around the area to help during the event as well.”

The day will include opening ceremonies, where a Milton students will sing the National Anthem, followed by numerous athletic events. Elle explains that the day will consist of “track, sprints, relay races, throwing events, as well as a game station with hoola hooping and face painting.”

Getting involved in the Special Olympics is a great experience for volunteers, athletes, and parents. The day of the event, students can help out by giving awards, timing races, cleaning up, guiding both athletes and spectators, and, most importantly, cheering on the athletes. Mrs. Geyling-Moore, the faculty sponsor of Community Service Board, feels that the Special Olympics are a “powerful experience.”

The day runs through the morning, into the late afternoon, with competitions constantly happening. According to Elle, “The day has so many activities going on, so there is never a time when a volunteer won’t be needed.” Although student participation is vital for the success of Special Olympics, Rosamond Carr (I), a volunteer at past Special Olympics, stresses that “it’s really fun and rewarding to see how excited the athletes become when competing in an event.”

The Milton community rallies around this event by celebrating such inspiring athletes.The day is surely going to be fun for both the athletes and volunteers, so be sure to find a way to get involved.

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