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Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics

Written by Chris Herman

special olympics-1.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Volunteers are needed for the 33rd Annual Windham Invitational Special Olympics Swim Meet, which will be held on March 10, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Windham High School on High Street in Willimantic.
       Approximately 350 volunteers are needed to continue to make this event the largest and most successful Special Olympics Swim Meet in Connecticut.  The greatest need is for one-to-one partners.  Participants are paired with their own special partner for the day.  Partners make sure athletes get to their registered events, cheer them on, and get them involved in activities when they are not swimming.  Volunteers are also needed in areas such as sports clinics, food service and water safety.           
All volunteers will be provided with lunch from McDonalds and a souvenir Windham Special Olympics t-shirt.  Volunteer registration forms can be picked up in Goddard 114 on the Eastern campus. This activity is approved for community service credit.  Additional information as well as Volunteer Registration forms, is available at http://windhaminvitationalswimmeet.weebly.com./. Charles Wynn, a professor of chemistry at Eastern, has been the meet director for the past 18 years.

The Special Olympics is a year-round program of physical fitness, sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. According to a study conducted at Yale University, Special Olympics athletes perform better at school, at work and at home the longer they participate in the program. The study found that the Special Olympics have a direct and positive effect on their self-image and ability to function in a social setting. They acquire skills that help them gain employment, maintain relationships, function independently and contribute to community life.

For more information, contact Charles Wynn at (860) 465-5258 or wynnc@easternct.edu.

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