UMASS Medical School & Graduate School of Nursing Have Major Presence at SOMA’s Winter Games

Along with her colleagues, Paulette Seymour-Route, Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing, conducted interviews with athletes about their health status.

 It’s been over a year since Special Olympics Massachusetts began an affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and it is amazing to see how faculty, staff and students from the school, and the school’s Graduate School of Nursing, have embraced the spirit of Special Olympics. 

 

This past weekend, volunteers from the Medical School staffed and ran the basketball competitions taking place at Bancroft High School while a group of 15 nurses, students and faculty from the Gradute School of Nursing, including Dean Seymour-Route (pictured above), participated in a Health Triage pilot project for the Healthy Athletes program. The enthusiam, expertise and dedication shown by volunteers from UMASS was inspiring and we can’t thank UMASS enough for their continued support of Special Olympics.   Below are a few photos from the event. We look forward to expaning our relationship with UMASS in the future.  

SOMA Athlete takes a shot during a game at Special Olympics' Winter Games. UMASS Medical School volunteers served as timekeeper, registrars, and helped checking athletes in and handing out awards at Bancroft School, one of the many basketball venues used over the weekend.One of the most important roles for volunteers, and one of the most engaging, is to join athletes, coaches and fans as they cheer on all the teams.

One of the most important roles for volunteers, and one of the most engaging, is to join athletes, coaches and fans as they cheer on all the teams.

Height and weight measurments were used to calculate the athletes' Body Mass Index, one of the many evaluations performed by Graduate School of Nursing volunteers on Saturday, March 13th, at Winter Games.Another volunteer from UMASS Medical School's Graduate School of Nursing uses humor to engage a SOMA athlete in identifying possible health concerns. It was a fun day for athletes & volunteers alike.

Another volunteer from UMASS Medical School's Graduate School of Nursing uses humor to engage a SOMA athlete in identifying possible health concerns. It was a fun day for athletes & volunteers alike.

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