HSU Hosts Special Olympics Field Day
“This was a very special day for not only us as student-athletes, but also for the Special Olympic athletes,” said HSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Rebecca Roth. “They work very hard on their events and we are so blessed to get out and help them get prepared for their area meet that is coming up. It is a special day for both parties.”
There were 94 athletes out practicing for their area meet which will be held on May 5 at Abilene Christian. Over 150 Hardin-Simmons student-athletes came out to work the events and also interact with the Special Olympians.
“Our kids get great joy giving back to the community,” said HSU Director of Athletics. “Not just this event but several events throughout the year. It is such a privilege to be a college athlete and when they give back I believe they really feel good about what they are doing.”
The athletes participated in the running and standing long jump, the modified javelin, the shot put, tennis ball throw and softball throw as the field events and there were 25, 50 and 100 meter runs as well as relay events.
“Our athletes work so hard throughout the year and when they can come out and interact with the college kids it is a great benefit to them, it shows they can aspire to do great things and the positive role models that the college kids are just adds to that,” said Beth Bye, Area Director of the Special Olympics.
“We appreciate all that Hardin-Simmons did to put this event on and we thank all of the student-athletes and staff that showed up to work.”
The event was also sponsored by Chick-Fil-A of Abilene. Each participant was given a cookie and was able to meet with the Chick-Fil-A Cow. They also provided meals to the workers of the event.
The Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) chose to partner with Special Olympics. Division III student-athletes from around the country have been hosting events with the Special Olympics throughout the school year.
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