Special Olympics State Swim meet
Contributed by Eastland Career Center
On Sunday, December 14, 2014 ten Business Professionals of America members and two 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 40 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.
Gina Ruble, BPA member and volunteer for the swim meet, had the following to say about her experience working with the athletes, “I would say it’s an experience that you would never forget and I’m so glad that I got a chance to help.”
Lura Miller, BPA member and volunteer for the swim meet, said, “Helping out with Special Olympics was fun. It was a successful event and it was nice talking to the swimmers and walking them around.”
Bonnie Kyle, BPA member and volunteer for the swim meet, said, “Helping with the Special Olympics was so much fun and was really exciting! I got to talk to athletes and see them succeed in their events. It was a great experience!”
Daria Wansley, BPA member and volunteer for the swim meet, said, “The athletes are amazing people. There’s nothing like taking a few hours out of your day to be around people and doing something they love, seeing them happy. Special Olympics is amazing and I love working with them.”\