On Saturday, April 5, Virginia Intermont students volunteered at the Special Olympics held at John Battle High School. The women’s basketball team participated and helped the local community in the annual event for the third year in a row. In addition to team members, there were several other VI students who showed up to spend Saturday morning making a difference in the local community event.
The Cobra athletes completed various tasks that included assisting at the softball toss, measuring throws, helping in the 50-meter dash, escorting winners to the podiums, and cheering on participants.
Lady Cobras junior Megan Jenkins said, “It’s something that we look forward to every year. It’s a great experience that we will cherish forever. We enjoy helping our community and involving ourselves with people who can change our lives.”
Chelsey Munday also expressed the significance of the Special Olympics: “I feel like it is a great program to give all athletes of any ability the chance to feel empowerment and acceptance in sports. It was special to be together with people, regardless of ability and disability, in a unique way. It showed how a community can come together and have fun.”
The guys interacted with the kids answering questions about what it’s like to be a student-athlete in college and also questions about their respective countries and home states. Later, the guys played kickball with the kids.