WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) volunteered to help organized and host the Special Olympics D.C., Fall Sports Classic, in early November.
The Fall Sports Classic was a six day event featuring golf individual skills competition, unified bocce league championships, basketball skills, three-on-three and five-on-five competitions, tennis skills and three-on-three competitions. CUA’s basketball and tennis courts at the Raymond A. DuFour Center were the host sight of each basketball and tennis competition.
“SAAC's partnership with Special Olympics is very important to our student-athletes as well as our entire student body,” said CUA baseball senior and SAAC co-president Josh Martin. “As an organization, SAAC has volunteered for Special Olympics for numerous events, but the 2015 Fall Championships were something special. It was a very neat experience for us to be able to work in a much more in-depth role with the Special Olympics athletes and I think everyone who helped out shared my experience.”
Over 100 Volunteers from Catholic’s 21 varsity sports teams joined SAAC to help put on the events. Volunteers aided in the set up and break down of the day as well as all in competition operations. They explained the rules of the competitors, kept score of each match, led the opening ceremonies each day, and at the end of every competition they host the awards ceremony.
“Special Olympics D.C., is an amazing organization and by working with them, it allows us to connect to the community on a deeper level,” said SAAC co-president and CUA softball player Morgan Gieser. “This is especially true at a place like Catholic University, where an important value of the Church is community service. It is a very rewarding experience to get to participate in events with Special Olympics.”