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Football Monarchs Volunteer With Special Olympics

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: April 13, 2010
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April 13, 2010

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NORFOLK, Va. -- Twenty-one members of the Old Dominion football team took time out of their busy schedules to spent time volunteering with Special Olympics on campus on Tuesday morning. Members of the team joined students from the therapeutic recreation program from the university to a host approximately 90 children, ages 6-11, from Norfolk Public Schools.

Special Olympics is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Norfolk is perhaps one of the oldest Special Olympics programs within the area and serves roughly 150 active athletes and serves as a host city for many local and area events.

The day's activities featured six medal events, including 50-meter walk/run, softball throw, standing long jump, hula-hoop toss, basketball shooting and T-ball hitting, as well as 12 skill events which featured obstacle course, soccer kick, weightlifting, beanbag toss, fitness, bowling, corn hole, hockey, track, ladder ball, jump rope and "eye toy." The participants were also able to take part in therapeutic recreation games between the events.

Members of the team volunteering to help members of Special Olympics included:
Alex Arain
Alex Bell
Alex Johnson
Andrew Turner
Benjamin Knerr
Brandon Carr
Daniel Harvey
Deron Mayo
Devon Simmons
Edmon McClam
Erik Saylor
Fred Credle
Jamal Johnson
Jarod Brown
Jonathan Plisco
Matthew Carrillo
Nate Barnes
Robbie Duncan
Ryan Jensen
Tommy Reamon
Xavier Duckett


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