Three weeks to go…

Below is more information on the planning of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Fall Tournament. The tournament has been run with the help of students of Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass. for well over 20 years.  Students will update their progress on this blog for the next few weeks…

Whitman Hanson Soccer

Only three weeks till the Special Olympics Fall Tournament happens here on campus! The heads and shadows are busy at work as the date approaches! Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 20. Each team venue plans to update the group on their donation progress as well as tackle any specific goals or issues they have to conquer before the tournament. All the committees are busy at work! Many groups are busy designing their venue layouts under the direction of their SOMA liaison.

 The Strides for Shriver road race, which was supposed to be held here Sunday on campus, was cancelled at 1’oclock due to the October nor’easter. The Sunday road race welcomed students and faculty to run, walk, skate or bike in their Halloween costumes around the “short loop” on campus. The “short loop” is approximately a two mile run through the scenic marsh on campus that begins and ends at the Pescosolido Field House. Despite the cancellation, student directions Hanna Bird ’10 and Kaitlyn Barnett ’10 still feel as if they accomplished their objective of raising funds for the Special Olympics Fall Soccer Tournament, and to tribute the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of  Special Olympics.

With 130 runners, and a $20 donation, the race raised $1,150 for the Special Olympics. Runners and volunteers for the race will receive their neon orange ‘Strides for Striver” shirt next week during lunch.

So far, approximately 250 students and faculty have signed up, with the breakdown being: 60% of seniors, 63% of juniors, 74% of sophomores, and 53% of freshman signed up. However, those numbers will increase as the deadline for sign-ups is October 28th.

 Here’s to successful last few weeks!

Jen Migliore ‘10

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