The rainy day of Saturday, March 13th did not stop the Public Relations Student Society of Eastern Connecticut State University and other volunteers from throughout the state of Connecticut from offering a helping hand at the 2010 Special Olympics.
More than 300 volunteers and 200 athletes attended The 2010 Windham Invitational Special Olympics Swim Meet event. The Special Olympics is a year-round program for individuals, both children and adults, with intellectual disabilities to become involved with physical fitness, sports training, and athletic competition in their communities.
Volunteers could take a variety of roles including a "one-on-one", where a volunteer is paired up with one athlete and assists them throughout the day by registering for events, cheering them on as they compete and involving them in activities while they were not competing. Volunteers could also help with the sports clinic, food service, and water safety. Members of Eastern Connecticut's PRSSA volunteered in the Sports Clinic for the day where they entertained the athletes by playing basketball, volleyball, dancing, hula-hooping as well as participating in many other physical activities.
The volunteers enjoyed the Special Olympics just as much as the athletes competing. "I think we really helped the athletes have a good time between each of their competitions. It was also really great to see all the other volunteers, knowing that they felt the same as me and the rest of the PRSSA members in the need to help out the community," said Lauren Guerrere, a member of PRSSA.