DURHAM, N.H. -- Several University of New Hampshire student-athletes came out to welcome and support New Hampshire Special Olympics in its 45th annual State Summer Games on UNH’s campus Friday, May 30.
More than 1,000 athletes from around the state gathered to compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce and equestrian. In addition, hundreds of volunteers donated time to run events, entertain athletes and provide free health screenings through the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program.
“Working the Special Olympics was a great experience,” said Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) of the UNH volleyball team. “It made my day to see how excited everyone got when they received an award and to watch all of the teams interact. The coolest part was watching athletes make friends and to wish each other good luck.”
"It was a great experience to come together as a group of athletes to support other athletes in the community,” said Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) of the UNH field hockey team. “Special Olympics is a great cause as well as a lot of fun for all involved."
“It was my first time attending the Special Olympics and it meant a lot to greet the athletes and watch them compete,” said Dylan Mallar (Parkland, Fla.) of the UNH men’s ice hockey team. “I gained a lot of respect towards everyone involved in the event and it was great to watch them compete at a high level.”
Fifty-nine athletes, coaches, delegates and students will represent New Hampshire and compete with peers from across the country during the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games from June 15-21 in Mercer County, N.J. To support these members of Team New Hampshire, please visit www.firstgiving.com/sonh/2014-usa-games.
To learn more about the New Hampshire Special Olympics, please visit www.sonh.org. For more information about UNH athletics and Wildcats in the Community, check out UNHWildcats.com and look for the Wildcats in the Community page presented by Kennebunk Savings.