MILTON, Mass. – The Curry College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted five Special Olympics Massachusetts Basketball teams in Katz Gymnasium on Sunday, February 24.
"Nothing was more rewarding than being a part of the Special Olympics Basketball day," said men's soccer freshman and SAAC member Nick Corso (Exeter, R.I.). "It warmed my heart to see all the smiles and laughter on everyone's faces. Knowing I might have made a little impact on their day was a great moment," said Corso.
Katz Gymnasium was buzzing with over 25 SAAC volunteers helping with registration, being team liaisons, officiating, running the scorer's table, and leading cheers.
"It was a great day watching, helping, and cheering on these phenomenal athletes," said women's lacrosse junior and SAAC member Abby Dubel (Wolfeboro, N.H.). "It was such a fun, lively crowd which made the experience even better for everyone involved," said Dubel.
Special Olympics teams included the Communitas Warriors, BR Bears, Brookline Bobcats, BR Trojans, and BR Wildcats. These games were highly contested with one game even going into a two-minute overtime period to determine a winner. In addition to the games, Special Olympians and SAAC members danced to the Cha Cha Slide in between a game, participated in the wave that went around the gymnasium, and cheered on all the other teams during their breaks.
"It was a tremendous job by our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the planning and execution across all departments was great," said SAAC Advisor and men's soccer coach Pete Mendel. "Working with Special Olympics Massachusetts is a real treat for us and something our student-athletes embraced. Seeing so many of our athletic teams showing up led to a great environment for these great athletes. The smiles and competition throughout the day is something we will look to replicate in the future," said Mendel.