Special Olympics State Swim meet
Contributed by Eastland Career Center
On Sunday, December 15<sup>th</sup>, 2013 fifteen Business Professionals of America members and three advisors from Eastland Career Center’s local chapter attended the Special Olympics swimming meet held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. Members who attended this service project worked four hours each. The total number of hours worked during his Special Olympics event was 60 hours.
More than 600 Special Olympics athletes represented Ohio’s counties. Olympians competed for medals and ribbons in individual and team relay swimming events. Athletes were divided among the divisions and then members were assigned specific divisions and athletes.
Upon the opening of the meet, members assisted athletes with a practice swim. After the practice swim, members would help each athlete to their lane when it was their turn to compete. At the end of each event, members were then called to help distribute awards and medals to athletes.
According to Laura Kocher, BPA Advisor and chaperone during the bowling event said, “All fourteen members showed patience and positive attitudes while working with the athletes. Many of the members expressed their eagerness in helping with another Special Olympics event because of the fun they had during the swim event.”
Ashley Trejo, BPA member and volunteer for the swim meet, had the following to say about her experience working with the athletes, “I really enjoyed the swim meet. I thought that it was an AMAZING experience! Just being able to meet such amazing people and athletes just made the experience so much better.”
Bonnie Kyle, BPA member and volunteer for the swim meet, said, “I enjoyed the experience at the Special Olympics swim meet because it was a great experience to interact with the swimmers. They all were happy and a joy to work with. I had a great time.”